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Re: [PATCH 0/2] use AM_TESTS_ENVIRONMENT Automake variable

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] use AM_TESTS_ENVIRONMENT Automake variable
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 22:42:55 +0100
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On 04/07/16 22:09, Mathieu Lirzin wrote:
> Hi,
> Pádraig Brady <address@hidden> writes:
>> On 02/07/16 20:50, Mathieu Lirzin wrote:
>>> ping
>>> Mathieu Lirzin <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Since 2011 Automake TESTS_ENVIRONMENT variable is reserved for the
>>>> user unless the “older (and discouraged) serial test harness” is used.
>>>> See:
>>>> https://www.gnu.org/software/automake/manual/automake.html#index-AM_005fTESTS_005fENVIRONMENT
>>>> The first patch makes use of the new AM_TESTS_ENVIRONMENT
>>>> developer-reserved variable, and the second one adds a ‘syntax-check’
>>>> to ensure no rule to preach the good news!  ;)
>>>> Thanks,
>> The patch looks correct but what about backwards compat?
>> The DEPENDENCIES files lists automake 1.9.6 (2005) as a dependency.
>> Should we increase that? Maybe.
>> Should we increase that for this? Probably not.
> Automake is a dependency that only matters to developpers.  Since Debian
> stable has a more recent version and RHEL 7 has one too (I guess),
> requiring Automake 1.12 (2012) seems reasonable to me.  WDYT?

Yes maybe.
I see coreutils bumped the requirement to 1.11.2 for the same reason:
but then reverted due to 1.12 being necessary:
4 years later it might be time to bump that requirement more widely in gnulib

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