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Re: maintainer mode

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: maintainer mode
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 23:37:46 +0200
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>>> "Eric" == Eric Siegerman <address@hidden> writes:

 Eric> 4. The user imported your package into CVS (as I often do).
 Eric> Because CVS checkouts are done in alphabetical order,
 Eric> might well have a later timestamp than its corresponding foo,
 Eric> without the files' content having changed.  So the
 Eric> maintainer-mode tests charge ahead and try to rebuild foo,
 Eric> very probably with an incorrect version of the autotool in
 Eric> question.  Kaboom.

I know another issue similar to this one.  If you upgrade
your package by applying a patch that change both a source and a
generated file, you can mess the timestamps.  I think patch -ZT
does the trick but this is not always possible (e.g. Debian
packages contains timestamp-less diffs -- don't ask me why -- so
the maintainers usually have to rerun the autotools or a serie
of touch configure && sleep 1 && touch, etc.).
Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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