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Re: [Bug-tar] testsuite.log too large for mailing lists

From: Pavel Raiskup
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] testsuite.log too large for mailing lists
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:13:55 +0100
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On Wednesday, January 08, 2014 23:52:47 Karl Berry wrote:
> Hi Sergey/all - when make check fails, it advises the user to email
> testsuite.log to bug-tar.  That is nice in theory, but the log is big
> these days, and there are a lot of people on bug-tar, ie, we're talking
> a lot of bandwidth to distribute such a message.
> I suggest changing the msg to say to compress the log first.  I expect
> that would reduce the size greatly.
> (Or is this an automake issue?  Probably.  But I'll write here first
> anwyay.  I admit I'm sending this blind after user feedback, I don't
> have a failing test at hand myself.  Some quick greps in the source did
> not clarify.)

This seems to be autoconf RFE, added to CC.  Following simple change could
help; but as not all projects may agree (some automatic report parsers?),
it could be useful to have a way how to configure that message.

| diff --git a/lib/autotest/general.m4 b/lib/autotest/general.m4
| index 06d7546..2942ca0 100644
| --- a/lib/autotest/general.m4
| +++ b/lib/autotest/general.m4
| @@ -1642,7 +1642,7 @@ else
|    else
|      at_msg="\`${at_testdir+${at_testdir}/}$as_me.log'"
|    fi
| -  AS_ECHO(["Please send $at_msg and all information you think might help:
| +  AS_ECHO(["Please send compressed $at_msg and all information you think 
might help:
|     Subject: @<:@AT_PACKAGE_STRING@:>@ $as_me: dnl

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