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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] unmatched files

From: Colin Walters
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] unmatched files
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 20:43:22 -0500

On Sun, 2003-11-16 at 18:26, Tom Lord wrote:

> Because it would have been tactically better for me to release
> (tagless) `inventory' as a separate tool, before arch, touting its
> virtues for purposes such as `make dist' targets.

I think that the build system is generally a better place to solve 'make
dist'.  Automake 1.7 has 'make distcheck', which is very very cool.  It
will build your program in several different ways (srcdir == builddir,
srcdir != builddir, using DESTDIR=blah), and check all the way that
'make install' and 'make uninstall' do the right thing.

For smaller projects for which Automake would be overkill; sure, I gues
an inventory tool might be sort of OK.  But presently I'm forced to deal
with it even though it's largely useless to me.

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