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Re: pre-dist hook?

From: Gavin Smith
Subject: Re: pre-dist hook?
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:49:03 +0100

On 11 July 2015 at 06:38, Harlan Stenn <address@hidden> wrote:
> I'm thinking I want to run a hook before the distdir target is run.
> What's a good way to do that?
> The reason for this is that I'm packaging at least 2 nested packages in
> my distribution.  We only want to configure these if we need them.  The
> "problem" is that folks who don't need either/both of these packages
> don't want to spend the time configuring them, but in that case they
> cannot run "make dist" either.  To produce a distribution, one must
> generally configure these sub-packages so the dist target(s) can see
> these packages.
> So I figure a good answer is to have a pre-dist hook of some sort, so if
> somebody wants to run 'dist' I can make sure that the needed
> sub-packages have been built.

Could you do some trick with EXTRA_DIST? You could have a file that
only exists when the nested packages are configured that has to be

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