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Re: How to build libtool from git sources properly?

From: Mathieu Lirzin
Subject: Re: How to build libtool from git sources properly?
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 00:46:04 +0200
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Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed, 18 May 2016, Igor Zhbanov wrote:
>>> run `./bootstrap`
>>> -mike
>> It doesn't work on a PC without git or without network connection
>> because it needs to clone gnulib (although there is no gnulib folder
>> in libtool-2.4.6.tar.gz. But this is probably another story.
> This is very unfortunate.

Why?  Development repositories are not meant for end users.  Having a
tarball requiring only a subset of the dependencies necessary or
convenient to the developers seems nice.

> I am not sure if it would work if you cloned gnulib on another
> computer and copied the gnulib folder into place since it may still
> make subsequent git accesses.
> The bootstrap requirements make it difficult to support or test on
> targets which can not run git or don't have network access.

To test a unreleased version of a package that uses the GNU build system
on a restricted system, the usual method would be to bootstrap a tarball
with ‘make dist’ from a development machine with Git, network access,
... and then install the produced tarball on the targeted machine.

Mathieu Lirzin

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