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Re: Infinite loop on make dist

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Infinite loop on make dist
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 12:17:09 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

Hi Stepan,

* Stepan Kasal wrote on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:15:39AM CEST:
> This is similar to the file "bootstrap" or "autogen.sh" often found
> in the root of the VCS checkout of a project.  Some people add it to
> the tarball, perhaps thinking "we have nothing to hide".
> I generally think that these scripts do not belong there.

Sorry, but I disagree with you here.  The principle is "all users are
developers, even if they aren't, they may become so".  That's very
important for acquiring new developers, and for allowing ordinary users
to improve the code, or send patches.

I for one am quite annoyed if a tarball doesn't give me full access
to the software, even if today version control repos are easier to
access directly.  This has kept me from sending patches to projects


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