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Re: Error because README is missing

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: Error because README is missing
Date: 02 Dec 2004 11:29:05 -0500
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%% Akim Demaille <address@hidden> writes:

  >> I need a way to have a file marked as a config file, but not have
  >> configure (or automake) fail if the .in input file doesn't exist.

  ad> Hm...  What is the service you are expecting?  You say that
  ad> configure shouldn't fail, but if it's a config file, configure is
  ad> expected to fail.  Unless you do mean configure, and not
  ad> config.status?

When I first check out my code from CVS, I don't have a
file.  That file is autogenerated as part of the build process, from a
template file.

It's not required for a maintainer-mode build: that file is basically a
bootstrap assist: a way to build "make" if you don't have any "make"
yet.  Maintainers are expected to have a full suite of tools at their
disposal including make.

By the time I actually make a distfile, that file ( will be
there and it will be included in the distfile so normal users will never
see this issue.

But, I need a way to run "autoreconf" in a clean workspace where that
file doesn't exist... and if I use normal AC_CONFIG_FILES then automake
complains and won't build my

 Paul D. Smith <address@hidden>   HASMAT--HA Software Mthds & Tools
 "Please remain calm...I may be mad, but I am a professional." --Mad Scientist
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