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Re: Generated changes and patch systems

On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 06:06:28PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> writes:

> > With these gtk-doc files, it's not so much that the tmpl/*.sgml files
> > are generated but that a tool essential to the build modifies them in a
> > way that cannot be patched because the results of the patches are
> > variable according to that third party tool.

> If the tool behaves and only behaves in that way (I haven't checked), that
> tool is broken and we should fix that tool.

I've run into a similar situation before with a vaugely borked upstream
build system - it was straightforward enough to work around the problem
by moving the files out of the way and then replacing them if there was
a backup present when clean was run.

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream - or a fever."

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