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Re: version.texi

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: version.texi
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 14:40:45 +0100
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On Fri, Dec 30, 2005 at 05:37:03PM -0500, Bob Rossi wrote:
> Up until now, I've never had to use the --enable-maintainer-mode switch,
> and don't want others to have to in order build out of tree. Any
> suggestions?

the short answer is:
Remove AM_MAINTAINER_MODE from your (or

The original author of AM_MAINTAINER_MODE now recommends against
using it.  See the Automake manual for details.

A longer answer:
With AM_MAINTAINER_MODE, some dependencies are skipped in the makefiles.
This may help to people building your package from a distribution tarball.

But when building from CVS, or when you are going to create a
distribution tarball, --enable-maintainer-mode must be used.

This means that the script "bootstrap" or "", which you probably
have in the CVS, should end with a message like this:
"Now run ./configure --enable-maintainer-mode [more-options]"

BTW: If you ever compiled a project from GNOME, you can see that when you
run " --enable-babab" then calls
        configure --enable-maintainer-mode --enable-babab
at the end.
(If the project doesn't use AM_MAINTAINER_MODE, --enable-maintainer-mode
is harmless.)

        Stepan Kasal

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