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Re: Core-utils 7.2; building only 'su'

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Core-utils 7.2; building only 'su'
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:13:18 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 15 Apr 2009, Eric Blake wrote:

I tend to agree that INSTALL should either mention DESTDIR (and probably
also V, which now plays a role with new enough automake), or at least
point to the GNU Coding Standards and the Automake manual overview of the
GNU build system.  Does anyone want to beat me to a patch?

The problem is that DESTDIR is not a mandatory standard and packages may not adequately implement it even if Automake itself does the right thing. If INSTALL says that DESTDIR is supported and a package blindly includes the INSTALL file, then package users may end up with a very unpleasant surprise (e.g. damaged operating system) if the package misbehaves with DESTDIR.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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