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Re: [PATCH 1/2] maint: new rule to update copyright year ranges

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] maint: new rule to update copyright year ranges
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 23:58:23 GMT

    It was added explicitly in Autoconf v2.62-95-g02fa53b for better
    plaintext rendering, see:

Well, sigh.  "better" here is an aesthetic opinion, not a technical
argument.  I don't agree with that judgement, obviously, or the Texinfo
default wouldn't be what it is.

However, I don't really care about the indentation or lack thereof in
the INSTALL file, specifically.  I am being annoyingly persistent about
all this because it just seems wrong to me to override defaults in a
shared source file (as opposed to a per-package manual).

I failed to notice Eric's last change in that thread :(.
Before that, I saw that Bruno did the inserting via gnulib's Makefile
(the outcome of which I dislike personally but have no systemic
objection to).

So, I'd like to go back to the gnulib Makefile approach, and eradicate
@firstparagraphindent.  Ok with ... whoever cares?  Eric?

As for autoconf/INSTALL syncing with gnulib (the point Eric raised which
led to his change), seems to me you could equally argue that
autoconf/INSTALL should match the style of the autoconf manual.  Anyway,
you can get either way easily enough.  (We could conceivably generate
both flavors of INSTALL in gnulib, which I don't object to, but don't
care about that much either.)

    > And, does anyone mind if I remove the @acronym commands from
    > install.texi, per our too-long prior discussion?

    FWIW, I don't mind, but please do it in upstream Autoconf.

I don't currently have write permission in autoconf.  I could give it to
myself :), but would you mind just doing it instead, since it's such a
trivial change?  (removing @acronym; BTW, @acronym{GNU} is the only


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