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Re: does not rebuild Makefile.in

From: Brian Dessent
Subject: Re: does not rebuild Makefile.in
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 20:12:27 -0700

"Ilya N. Golubev" wrote:

> This also means that, with unchanged `Makefile' generated
> automatically, can not remake it.

This seems like an automake question, not a make question.  Automake has
the notion of a 'maintainer mode', wherein if the configure.ac specifies
AM_MAINTAINER_MODE then the rules to regenerate Makefile.in et al. are
omitted from the generated Makefile.  You must 'configure
--enable-maintainer-mode' to have them enabled.  This is to support the
situation where a project stores copies of generated files in version
control in order to allow casual users to have a fighting chance of
building the software without requiring an extensive list of (often
version-specific) developer tool requirements.  See section 27.2.2 of
the automake manual.


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