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Re: I fixed this once already [Was Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: obey --no-git.

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: I fixed this once already [Was Re: [PATCH] bootstrap: obey --no-git.]
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 01:56:54 +0700

Bumping this thread back to the top of the pile for it's 1 month anniversary...

On 24 Aug 2011, at 00:51, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:

> Hi Paul,
> Just want to keep this on your radar...
> Also, please note that I've made some small improvements to the script,
> and pushed to the GNU Zile repository, but not the others listed below.
> If you'd like me to synchronize before you review, please ask.
> On 15 Aug 2011, at 09:29, "Gary V. Vaughan" <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 15 Aug 2011, at 04:19, Paul Eggert wrote:
>>> On 08/14/2011 01:38 PM, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
>>>> Please tell me to stop bugging the list if you're tired of my
>>>> mentioning this from time to time. On the other hand, if you just
>>>> need more proof that this one is working as well as I say, I'll add
>>>> it on a topic branch to the gnulib using projects I have commit
>>>> rights to, and update the bootstrap.confs I wrote for them last
>>>> year provided someone will take a look afterwards, with the intention
>>>> of agreeing to supercede the existing bootstrap if everything works
>>>> as advertised.
>>> I haven't had time to look at the complete rewrite, but I think
>>> this is a good way to proceed.  I don't recall which projects
>>> you were doing.
>> Great! Thank you :)
>> Here's what I have so far:
>> * address@hidden:gvvaughan/GNU-bison.git in gary/bootstrap
>>  https://github.com/gvvaughan/GNU-bison/commits/gary/bootstrap
>>  The bison bootstrap is very straight-forward, so I just redid
>>  it with my new bootstrap script in the gary/bootstrap branch. I
>>  don't have a commit bit for bison, so I've put a mirror with
>>  my branch in it up on github, per the header to this bullet.
>> * address@hidden:gvvaughan/GNU-coreutils.git in gary/bootstrap
>>  https://github.com/gvvaughan/GNU-coreutils/commits/gary/bootstrap
>>  I can't get the currently checked in bootstrap to finish running
>>  on current master, which makes porting it's contents into the
>>  new bootstrap.conf futile for me. Instead I've updated to the new
>>  bootstrap script on the original branch I made when I was writing
>>  it, and pushed a mirror to github here too. (Note that I was having
>>   problems compiling sort just after threads had been added around
>>  that time, but a `make -k' completes on my Mac OS 10.7 machine.)
>>  This one is interesting because it uses gettext and also has a
>>  fairly torturous bootstrap process.  I wasn't able to eliminate
>>  slurp entirely, but there is only something much much smaller and
>>  possible to understand remaining in bootstrap.conf.
>> * address@hidden:gvvaughan/GNU-libtool.git in topic/use-gnulib
>>  https://github.com/gvvaughan/GNU-libtool/commits/topic/use-gnulib
>>  I'm not ready to push my working branches up to savannah yet, since
>>  I might want to rebase them locally first.  So I've put a mirror up
>>  in my github account for you to try out.
>>  This one is interesting, because Libtool uses a complicated bootstrap
>>  process, with several subprojects to autoconfiscate, and additional
>>  options to bootstrap itself added using the extension mechanisms alone.
>>  You'll notice in configure.ac that there's a good deal of mucking
>>  about with M4 macros around the values that bootstrap is still
>>  extracting quite successfully.
>> * address@hidden:gvvaughan/GNU-m4.git in gary/bootstrap
>>  https://github.com/gvvaughan/GNU-m4/commits/gary/bootstrap
>>  Again, I've mirrored some private branches that are subject to
>>  rebasing before merging and committing back to the savannah repo
>>  so that you can see what is going on here. But, I have rebased this
>>  on onto the HEAD of branch-1.4, with the latest gnulib in a submodule.
>>  I haven't updated the other branches yet (branch-1.6 and master), but
>>  that will happen automatically once gnulib is presenting the new
>>  bootstrap script.
>>  M4 is interesting because it uses "the other" methodology of treating
>>  gnulib-cache.m4 as truth and checking it in, with bootstrap managing
>>  it rather than creating it.  And it uses git-version-gen to generate
>>  its version number on the fly, which bootstrap copes with quite easily.
>>  You can also try out the --skip-git and skip-po options here. The new
>>  bootstrap script started life because the current one has (had?) a
>>  few incongruencies that prevented it working in sympathy with how Eric
>>  and I manage M4 development.
>> * git://git.savannah.gnu.org/zile.git in topic/sane-bootstrap
>>  http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/zile.git/log/?h=topic/sane-bootstrap
>>  This branch (with my bootstrap script in it) has already been merged
>>  to master and lua branches, both of which demonstrate very different
>>  bootstraps (especially lua, which has no compiled code in it at all!).
>> * It seems I also made a start at converting GNU tar to my new bootstrap,
>>  but I came unstuck when porting the copy_files function out of the
>>  existing bootstrap into a new bootstrap.conf.  I don't really have time
>>  to finish it now, but I hope the other projects above give you enough
>>  confidence to adopt the new script directly into gnulib for propagation
>>  into other projects, without me needing to finish the GNU tar conversion
>>  on my own first?
>>> I could also try it out with a smaller project
>>> that isn't near a release (diffutils comes to mind ...).
>> Please do, that would be awesome.  The documentation is in the tarball
>> attached earlier in the thread, I didn't bother to add another copy to
>> every repo above... although the script is well commented and easy to
>> understand even without the documentation.
>> Thanks again for taking the time to follow through on this.
>> Cheers,
>> -- 
>> Gary V. Vaughan (gary AT gnu DOT org)

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