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EXTRA_DIST vs. deep hierarchies of java sources

From: Dalibor Topic
Subject: EXTRA_DIST vs. deep hierarchies of java sources
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 03:42:19 +0100
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I've been recently fighting against a weird little problem with EXTRA_DIST. Given a deep hierarchy of source files, like say Kaffe's class library, automake generates a mkdir rule for dist that includes all directories in this hierarchy, one by one. For a class library like Kaffe's, that list can get pretty long.

Unfortunately, if the hierarchy is really big and deep and contains long paths, then the resulting mkdir command can run out of command line length of the shell used to execute, which leads to fascinating error messages with make dist.

Is there some way to fix that, other than to use a dist-hook, or make dist in /tmp :) ?

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