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Re: robustifying remove_distdir?

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: robustifying remove_distdir?
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 11:00:43 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.11+cvs20060403

Hello David, Stepan,

* Stepan Kasal wrote on Sat, Jul 01, 2006 at 09:32:27PM CEST:
> On Fri, Jun 30, 2006 at 04:24:37PM -0400, David Fang wrote:
> > In reply to myself:
> > > Is there a way of making the "rm -rf" more robust?  Maybe with some sort
> > > of "while distdir exists, try removing" loop?
> ...
> > -         && rm -fr $(distdir); }; }
> > +         && { until rm -fr $(distdir); do :; done; }; }; }
> well, it seems that this code can easily loop forever under certain
> circumstances.

I agree.

> I'm not sure whether Automake should try to work around this problems
> of the system.

No, it should not, until we have analyzed the problem at least.

> When you see the problem, try to find a methot which
> can reproduce it, though not deterministically, and report that as a
> bug of the system.

Yes.  Most likely you may need a 'trace -f' (or what the equivalent is
called on the system in question) output of that 'find' command, to see
why it is failing.


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