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Re: import question

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: import question
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2012 15:58:08 +0100

Werner LEMBERG wrote:
> the normal usage of gnulib is to import files into a project, this is,
> calling `gnulib-tool --import', then adding the imported files to the
> repository.

Hi Werner,

In my experience, that is not "normal usage".
I (and AFAIK, everyone who contributes regularly here) recommend
*not* to version-control the files that gnulib-tool imports.

> I wonder whether the step `adding files to the repository' is
> necessary at all.  Why not simply calling gnulib-tool directly in the
> `autogen.sh' script?

That is precisely what most projects already do.  The packages I tend,
(coreutils, diffutils, gzip, grep, patch, parted, idutils, vc-dwim, cppi)
all invoke gnulib-tool via the autogen-like bootstrap script from
gnulib's build-aux/ directory.

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