Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: [...] > I've seen many statements from people who presumably know the autotools > cold that what I'm doing is flat out wrong, but they never back them up. > So if you want to convince me please keep my reasons in mind and back up > your statements with real explanations. Thanks. One reason not to run the autotools at build time is that it can make it more difficult to backport the package to stable. If, for example, the package build-depends on a newer version of libtool or automake1.7, the package will not build on a stable system. However, if you include the junk in the diff and don't re-run the autotools at build time, it will backport nicely (barring other issues, of course). I had complaints related to this with aspell, so I ended up caving in and leaving the auto-junk in the diff. -- Poems... always a sign of pretentious inner turmoil.
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