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Re: RFE: allow for computed version number

From: William Pursell
Subject: Re: RFE: allow for computed version number
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2009 21:28:54 +0100
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Bob Friesenhahn wrote:

> Yes.  Hard-coding something like `git describe` into any
> default/standard Makefile targets is the bane of free software.  For
> example, if a project was to hard code it into the 'dist' target then
> only specially privileged maintainers would be allowed to do 'make
> dist', which runs contrary to the spirit of GNU software.  As long as
> there are appropriate Makefile rules, it is easy to generate a version
> file based on some other information (if desired).

I don't understand your use of the phrase "specially privileged".
Do you mean only those people who have access to clone the git

William Pursell

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