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Re: issues with git submodules and `bootstrap'

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: issues with git submodules and `bootstrap'
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:40:21 +0100 (CET)

>> . First of all, there is some user-unfriendliness: Without
>>   installing a gnulib submodule for project `foo', just invoking
>>   the `bootstrap' script in the `foo' directory' without any
>>   arguments gives
>>     ./bootstrap: line 610: gnulib/gnulib-tool: No such file or directory
>>   This looks like a bug in the script, which it isn't actually.
>>   Maybe `bootstrap' can be improved to emit a suggestion how to
>>   proceed.
> Patches welcome.

Well, it seems there are more problems both with documentation and
probably with the code.

After doing the incantation described in section 2.8 of gnulib.pdf,

  $ dir=.gnulib
  $ git submodule add -- git://git.sv.gnu.org/gnulib.git $dir

the user has to commit the submodule setup to the repository.  It's
probably worth to mention this.

However, if I now say `git config --file .gitmodules --list' (I
haven't touched the data within `.gitmodules'), I see


Note the double dot.  Interestingly, the name of the submodule is
taken from the directory location, not the repository name.  Maybe a
git bug?  I'm using version 1.7.8.

> ./bootstrap --gnulib-srcdir=/path/to/reference

This works fine, thanks.


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