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Re: cannot build from git/no daily snapshots

From: Peter Rosin
Subject: Re: cannot build from git/no daily snapshots
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:07:16 +0200
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On 2012-09-17 16:02, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Sep 2012, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
>> Hi Bob,
>> On 17 ก.ย. 2012, at 2:48, Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Please make it so that it is possible to use a source tree which has a .hg 
>>> directory
>>> even if there is no 'git' program available and even if autotools are not 
>>> the exact
>>> same version used to bootstrap the tree.
>> I don't have (or want) access to Windows, but bootstrap has a '--skip-git' 
>> option.
>> If you rebootstrap on your machine with that option, and the other tools 
>> (autotools,
>> m4 etc) are new enough, and it doesn't work then you've found a bug. Some 
>> warnings
>> about not finding a fit binary, and possibly out of date gnulib files are 
>> normal in
>> this scenario.
> The 'm4' on this MinGW install is not a blessed version and a simple 
> build/install
> of latest m4 produces an m4 which does not work. :-(

Was that an MSYS-m4 or a MinGW-m4? Assuming it was MinGW-m4, I
think it is too much to ask to require MSYS-tools for simple
libtool hacking. If it was MSYS-m4, even worse. And the suggestion
to build a tarball and use that when developing for MinGW is
just asking too much. Insane work flow.

You have to remember that these extra steps lands on the people
spending the most time fighting (and waiting for) the build
system. I haven't touched Libtool in a while now, I wonder why,
but it was not a conscious decision. Maybe it wasn't fun anymore
for some reason? These changes does not seem attractive though.


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