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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: CVS Bug? or User error?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: CVS Bug? or User error?
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 10:52:29 -0700
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Derek Robert Price <address@hidden> writes:

> My feeling is that `make distcheck' should Do the Right Thing (tm)
> from any workspace, barring user error in file content.

Agreed, and that's why I proposed that `make distcheck' should ensure
that targets are always at least one second newer than their sources.
(Not that I'm volunteering to implement it.  :-)

> you are saying that a working yacc installation is more common tool
> than a working Autotool installation?

Yes, I think so.

> Common enough to consider a broken yacc user error?

Sure, but the problem here is something different: it's that getdate.y
is relying on GNU extensions.  Even if someone has a working yacc, it
might not work with getdate.y.  Removing getdate.y's GNU extensions
would be unpalatable for some distributions, as it would cause
getdate.c to become non-reentrant.

> Do you know why version.texi files are only rebuilt in maintainer
> mode?  Is it the unpredictably of the `ls' command used by mdate-sh?

Sorry, no.  I doubt it's because of the `ls', though.

> Which reminds me, you asked me to ping you about that getdate.y fix
> in a couple of weeks.  That was about three weeks ago.  :)

Thanks for pinging me.  I'll try to raise the priority of that.

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