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Re: automake 1.5

On Mon, Oct 08, 2001 at 11:52:46AM -0400, Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> Such rumours are false.  Supposing the maintainer has correctly run
> auto* by hand, the resulting sources will build just fine *without*
> automake installed.
> The generated Makefiles will have rules that nominally run "automake".
> But they in fact run a little script that will: run automake if present
> on the system or, if automake is not present, just touch the "generated"
> file(s) (the script will complain, but you can ignore that message).

Rather than relying on that, it's better to make sure that all the
timestamps are appropriate so that it won't even try to run automake.
Otherwise automake might be run on a buildd that has an incompatible
version of automake installed, and using 'Build-Conflicts: automake' to
prevent that seems excessive.

Also, if you build without --enable-maintainer-mode, Makefile.in's
dependencies will be disabled, so automake will never be run.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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