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Re: Making 'file' an implicit native input in core-updates

From: Eric Bavier
Subject: Re: Making 'file' an implicit native input in core-updates
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:21:38 -0500
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address@hidden writes:

> Unfortunately, all three of them fail on MIPS, for the same reason that
> sudo and gawk currently need workarounds: all of these packages were
> bootstrapped with a version of 'libtool' that requires /usr/bin/file on
> Given that this problem is becoming increasingly common, I think we
> should add 'file' as an implicit native-input for the gnu-build-system
> in core-updates, and also add a new phase to %standard-phases that
> substitutes /usr/bin/file in the usual places with a path that works in
> the build environment.
> What do you think?

I had wanted to do this a while back for pedenatic reasons.  The reason
at the time for not doing it was that "it doesn't create a real problem
in most cases".  Causing failed builds on MIPS seems to me to be enough
of a real problem to justify the change.

Eric Bavier

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