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Re: cannot build from git/no daily snapshots

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: cannot build from git/no daily snapshots
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:23:45 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Tue, 18 Sep 2012, Peter Rosin wrote:
There is no evidence that modern m4 does not build properly on MSYS, which
is what is interesting. A MinGW-m4 is not all that interesting in the
autotools context. What Bob tried (a MinGW-m4) was simply wrong, but the
reason for the attempt was surely because he had no tools to build MSYS
binaries installed. Very few do, and I suspect that most that do have them
installed don't know exactly what they're doing...

Right. My MinGW install is a random MinGW64 build that I installed and passed my testing so that I what I am currently using. I could search for a more recent MinGW64 build which might include a newer m4. I did not see any MSYS development capacity in the MinGW64 I downloaded and did not have time to research how to obtain it. Time is short so I tend to cut corners.

Bob wrote this:

        "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."

Assuming he meant a .git directory, this is something I need for my
workflow and something which has worked, so it is a regression. I'm
not sure if I want to --skip-git in my bootstrap, because then the
Cygwin side of things are not "as usual".

Right.  I meant .git. :-)

It used to be possible to run the libtool test suite in a MSYS shell using a CIFS mount of the same source tree that I use for my Unix type systems. I used to do that on a periodic basis. Since the bootstrap improvements, this does not seem to be possible. Perhaps I might encounter a MSYS install which includes the newer m4 and a workable 'git'.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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