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Re: autoreconf --force seemingly does not forcibly update everything


From: Jeffrey Walton
Subject: Re: autoreconf --force seemingly does not forcibly update everything
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 18:03:37 -0400

On Wed, Apr 10, 2024 at 5:44 PM Paul Eggert <eggert@cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
>
> On 4/10/24 13:36, Simon Josefsson via Gnulib discussion list wrote:
> > Is bootstrap intended to be reliable from within a tarball?  I thought
> > the bootstrap script was not included in tarballs because it wasn't
> > designed to be ran that way, and the way it is designed may not give
> > expected results.
>
> It's pretty routinely distributed, I expect under the theory that we're
> being transparent about what sources we use to generate the tarball.
>
> Whether it works from a tarball depends on one's definition of "works".
> Certainly more expertise and tools are needed to bootstrap than merely
> to configure + make.

Maybe the tarball should include a shell script that can achieve a
reproducible build, similar to what bootstrap does.

Jeff



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