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Re: building with older Automake

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: building with older Automake
Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 06:55:06 -0700
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According to Ralf Wildenhues on 12/4/2007 1:49 PM:
>> I traced it to the fact that I was not using bleeding-edge 
>> automake.  This fixes it, so I'm committing.
> Well, the "fix" would be to release Automake 1.10.1.  This is just an
> ugly workaround around the licensing holdup.  Please let's not go this
> way even further.

Any time we depend on automake to supply texinfo.tex as a generated file,
and also check in the latest texinfo.tex as copied from the gnulib
directory which tracks upstream, you are bound to have mismatch
eventually.  In other words, it doesn't matter what version of automake we
are using (even after 1.10.1 is released); texinfo.tex will eventually
change in relation to what the released automake installs.

Either texinfo.tex should not be tracked in autoconf's git, or automake
should be taught how to grab the latest versions at the time it is invoked
(rather than the version as it existed when automake was released), or we
teach automake to leave texinfo.tex alone since we maintain it externally
(by copying it from gnulib).  My patch did the latter option.

>> or should we up our minimum requirement to 1.9.6 or 1.10?
> Of course that can still be done.

I'm also thinking it might be nice if automake provided a witness macro on
whether it supports the dist-lzma option, so that we can write autoconf's to conditionally enable dist-lzma if the version of automake
is new enough, rather than introducing a hard dependency on (as yet
unreleased) automake.

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