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maint.mk bug

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: maint.mk bug
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 19:44:37 +1300

Hi all,

I'm trying to roll an alpha release of Libtool (the first release using the
gnulib infrastructure), but it is proving less than straight forward,

Trying to run `make announcement` with the latest maint.mk from gnulib yields:

    fatal: No names found, cannot describe anything.
    announce-gen: option --gpg-key-id requires an argument
    announce-gen: option --gnulib-version requires an argument
    Try 'announce-gen --help' for more information.

The --gpg-key-id error is because Mac OS ships with gpg2 (and even then omits 
gpgv2 binary, grr) so the only way to get a gpgv is to install gnupg-1.4.x 
More properly I should figure out how to make a libtool release-manager key pair
and give copies to all libtool maintainers so that I can hardcode it into 

I can also work around the --gnulib-version error by manually getting the gnulib
revision from my zsh prompt and adding it to the make command-line, to override 

    gnulib-version = $$(cd $(gnulib_dir) && git describe)

which is a syntax error for latest home-brew git ( and the git shipped 
Mac OS 10.8.5 (

    $ cd gnulib
    $ git describe
    fatal: No names found, cannot describe anything.

I will finish the release process by hand, but wanted to ping the list so that 
bugs don't get forgotten :)

Gary V. Vaughan (gary AT gnu DOT org)

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