Re: Best practice for cleaning autotools-generated files?
On Thu, 17 Mar 2011, Sean Finney wrote:
> > > If you do it with the patch system (quilt or even plain dpkg),
> > > before building the package source, you cannot ensure that files are
> > > patched in the right order.
> > What do you mean "in the right order" ?
> autofoo stuff examines timestamps on various files, so it's possible
> that if configure gets patched before configure.ac, and
> AM_MAINTAINER_MODE is set to a specific value, that ./configure ends up
> wanting to regenerate ./configure at build time. double fail.
dpkg-source resets the timestamp of patched files so that they all have
the same timestamp. This is precisely to avoid this.
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