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Re: Patch to INSTALL.CVS to clarify why `make bootstrap' sometimes fails

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Patch to INSTALL.CVS to clarify why `make bootstrap' sometimes fails.
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 08:05:49 +0000
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Hi, Stefan!

On Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 02:40:11PM -0400, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> > Any objections?

> Yes.

> > ! So if 'make bootstrap' fails, it may be necessary first to do 'make
> > ! maintainer-clean' to clear out these stale files.  You can then try
> > ! again, starting with `./configure'.  (Occasionally the loaddefs.el
> > ! file gets into a bad state due to changes in the Lisp libraries; this
> > ! procedure forces it to be regenerated.)

> [ Alan, this is not aimed at you. ]

> Rather than improve the documentation of our Makefile's brokenness,
> we should fix the beast.  E.g. `make bootstrap' should begin by doing a
> `maintainer-clean'.

However, that's going to take time, and discussion of it has already
become controversial.  When that's been settled, INSTALL.CVS will need
changing anyway.

So, how about letting me install the patch as it is; nobody has objected
to it as such.


>         Stefan

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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