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From: Russ Allbery
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 11:17:05 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.4 (gnu/linux)

Ineiev <address@hidden> writes:
> On 02/08/2013 08:30 PM, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> Another place where the default behavior frequently breaks is if one is
>> applying a patch to both the generated file and the source file,
>> usually because one explicitly *doesn't* want to re-run Automake (often
>> because there's some incompatibility with the latest version) and one
>> has carefully determined the right change to make to the generated file
>> and is also patching the source for documentation purposes.  If patch
>> happens to patch the generated file before the source file, make then
>> tries to re-run Automake and everything explodes.

> If one is so careful, why not care to patch the source file before
> the "generated" file?

Because the patch is automatically generated (from, say, a Git branch) and
it's a pain to worry about having to reorder the files in it.  Different
people have different levels of tolerance for unnecessary hoop-jumping to
get software to do what it should be doing in the first place.  :)

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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