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Re: Witness computation - minor breakage in the build system

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Witness computation - minor breakage in the build system
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:07:03 +0100
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Andreas Schwab <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
>> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> The benefit is that a deoendency on the VCS goes away.
>>> I don't see that should be considered as a benefit.
>> Well, the whole point of the GPL and the delivered source tar balls is
>> to give the user the ability to make his own changes.  If the Makefile
>> dependencies don't work when making changes to the source from a
>> tarball, it does not look much like a source tarball.
> I don't think you can put that much into it.  You can alway run `make -C
> lisp autoloads' manually to update loaddefs.el.

Is that documented anywhere?  "You can always" is adequate justification
for not including any build script, since you can always execute all
steps manually.  If there is no reasonably discoverable way of what one
can always do, it seems somewhat theoretic.

The usual expectation is that modifying files will let "make" rebuild
what is necessary.

David Kastrup

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