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Re: Files from gnulib

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Files from gnulib
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 06:00:29 +0200

> Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:26:06 -0800
> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> CC: Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>, address@hidden, 
>  address@hidden
> On 01/23/11 20:01, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > The program used to unpack the .tar.gz archives automatically renames
> > ant .FOO files to _FOO while unpacking, so that's not a problem.
> OK, so it sounds like there's already part of a solution here,
> in that files are automatically renamed to avoid the MS-DOS
> restrictions.
> How about if we expand on that solution, as follows:
> * Just before creating a tarball for MS-DOS, apply
>   the following substitutions to the contents of all
>   files that go into the tarball:

There are no special tarballs for MSDOS.  People use the tarball from
the GNU FTP site.  So this solution will not work.

> * The conflicting names in m4/* don't matter, for the same
>   reason that conflicts in admin/* and tests/* don't matter:
>   these files are not used in an MS-DOS build.

The files in m4/ still matter because you need to unpack the tarball,
and the utility that does that won't silently overwrite files due to
file-name clashes.

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