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Re: automake 1.5

On my i386 machine, of those Colin listed, only libnss-db
and shadow fail to build with automake 1.5 installed.
Both appear to fail because depcomp does not exist.

2/11 fail.  Applying that with reckless disregard for
statistics to 294 means that 53 packages are likely broken.
We've heard libsdl1.2, all of KDE (those that derive from
kdevelop), gnumeric, and gnome-core.

The rest of those Colin listed don't seem to use automake
during apt's build process, but it's hard to tell.  

An alternate solution would be to package automake-1.5
so that it adds depcomp automatically to the build tree.
I don't know how destructive this would be.  Perhaps it
could also be fixed to handle the spaces-vs-tabs problem
with -ourdir that afflicts gnome Makefile.am's?

Build output at http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/nspring/debian/

The output logs there were generated from:
foreach pkg ( db2 db3 shadow tar textutils cyrus-sasl nano libnss-db make mtr pidentd ) 
  echo working on $pkg
  automake --version > $pkg.log
  fakeroot apt-get --build source $pkg >>& $pkg.log  
  echo finished $pkg


On Mon, Oct 08, 2001 at 05:15:56AM -0500, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 08, 2001 at 02:25:38AM -0700, Neil Spring wrote:
> > I think deciding how to proceed would be easier if we
> > knew^1:
> >  1) how many of the 294 actually break 
> >  2) how many are:
> >    a) fundamental automake 1.5 vs 1.4 architectural changes
> >    b) automake 1.5 new bugs 
> >    c) upstream package bugs
> >  3) how many of the failures can't be fixed elegantly
> >    with Kevin's help to remove the automake dependency,
> >    or upstream (automake) bugfixes.
> 4) how many of these are in base/standard, which are allegedly frozen
>    and trying to freeze respectively
> The following required/important/standard packages build-depend on
> automake (haven't checked tasks, though):
>   db2                   required
>   db3                   required
>   shadow                required
>   tar                   required
>   textutils             required
>   cyrus-sasl            important
>   nano                  important
>   libnss-db             standard
>   make                  standard
>   mtr                   standard
>   pidentd               standard
> Has anybody checked if all of the above still build?
> -- 
> Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]
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