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Re: GNU Automake 1.12.1 released

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: GNU Automake 1.12.1 released
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:22:43 +0200

Stefano Lattarini wrote:
> On 07/06/2012 12:10 AM, Diego Elio Pettenò wrote:
>> Il 05/07/2012 11:26, Stefano Lattarini ha scritto:
>>> How so?  Removal of $(mkdir_p) is only planned for Automake 1.13, that is
>>> still unreleased.
>> Ehm Stefano, that's definitely not the case, I've been hitting that
>> issue in Gentoo in many packages.
>> mkdir_p is gone in automake-1.12.1 for what we're concerned — I also
>> listed it in the 1.12 instead of "planned for 1.13" in my own guide
>> as I thought it was intentional.
> Ouch, I can reproduce this :-/  The issue is that the call to
> AM_PROG_MKDIR_P in AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE has been substituted by a
> call to AC_PROG_MKDIR_P, which doesn't define $(mkdir_p).  This
> was an unintended regression.
> I will soon push the attached patches to take care of the problem.
> Note that they only re-introduce the $(mkdir_p) variable (because
> is very easy to do so), but not the @mkdir_p@ substitution.  Anyone
> knows if this can create problems in practice?

Hi Stefano,

I see that @mkdir_p@ is used in gettext's template:

  # We use $(mkdir_p).
  # In automake <= 1.9.x, $(mkdir_p) is defined either as "mkdir -p --" or as
  # "$(mkinstalldirs)" or as "$(install_sh) -d". For these automake versions,
  # @install_sh@ does not start with $(SHELL), so we add it.
  # In automake >= 1.10, @mkdir_p@ is derived from ${MKDIR_P}, which is defined
  # either as "/path/to/mkdir -p" or ".../install-sh -c -d". For these automake
  # versions, $(mkinstalldirs) and $(install_sh) are unused.
  mkinstalldirs = $(SHELL) @install_sh@ -d
  install_sh = $(SHELL) @install_sh@
  mkdir_p = @mkdir_p@

Since that file is copied into many projects,
I'd recommend to substitute @mkdir_p@, as well.

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