Re: Replacing aclocal.m4
On Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 12:17:26PM +0100, David Given wrote:
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> I'm current packaging ufiformat, a USB floppy disk formatter (#436134). It's
> nearly at the stage of looking for a sponsor, but before that happens I'd like
> to sound people out about something.
> I needed to change Makefile.am to tell it to install the binary in the right
> place. When rebuilding, autotools whinged about aclocal.m4 being too old and
> that I should regenerate it, which I did. Now the (compressed) patch file is
> 80+kB, only slightly smaller than the source code itself, and is almost
> entirely comprised of the new aclocal.m4.
> Is this acceptable, or does it need addressing? If so, how?
It's acceptable and preferred by some.
Otherwise you can depend on autotools-dev and run them at build time,
and remove the generated files at clean time to get a small diff.
autotools-dev/README.DEBIAN discusses such.