ANN: Upgrade rtems-4.11-autoconf to autoconf-2.69

Ralf Corsepius ralf.corsepius at
Wed May 23 17:24:30 UTC 2012

On 05/23/2012 07:12 PM, Gedare Bloom wrote:
> On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Ralf Corsepius
> <ralf.corsepius at>  wrote:
>> On 05/23/2012 06:28 PM, Gedare Bloom wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM, Ralf Corsepius
>>> <ralf.corsepius at>    wrote:
>>>> On 05/23/2012 05:59 PM, Gedare Bloom wrote:
>>>>> how come when i do bootstrap -c I do not have a "clean" checkout?
>>>>> ./bootstrap -c
>>>>> removing automake generated files
>>>>> removing configure files
>>>>> removing aclocal.m4 files
>>>>> git status
>>>>> # On branch master
>>>>> #
>>>>> # Changed but not updated:
>>>>> #   (use "git add/rm<file>..." to update what will be committed)
>>>>> #   (use "git checkout --<file>..." to discard changes in working
>>>>> directory)
>>>>> #
>>>>> #       deleted:    config.guess
>>>>> #       deleted:    config.sub
>>>>> #       deleted:    install-sh
>>>>> #       deleted:    missing
>>>>> #
>>>> There are two perspectives on this:
>>>> 1. We always want them to be sync'ed with the versions in automake.
>>>> =>    ./bootstrap (actually automake) needs to update them.
>>>> Afterwards, they must match with the versions in git.
>>>> This is what is currently implemented.
>>> I see, so ./bootstrap should (and does) restore the versions in git.
>>> I'm not sure why these files are even in git then if we use approach
>>> #1?
>> They are required to be part of the source-tree for the autotools to work
>> correctly.
>> (They are not generated, they are copied - This might be difficult to
>> understand, but is an essential difference)
>>>> 2. We want to maintain them manually.
>>>> =>      bootstrap -c must not remove them and ./bootstrap must not re-add
>>>> or
>>>> update them.
>>> It seems like #2 would mean we should keep the files in git.
>> Let me put it this way, #2 needs further inspection when more
>> generated/copied files will enter the repository.
>> My plan is to gradually add more of them to git to make people gradually
>> familar with the impact and the mindset behind this.
> Well, speaking for myself, I would prefer to be explained ahead of
> time rather than trying to understand as things are gradually rolled
> out and having to question it each time another copied (or generated)
> file is added to the repository.
The explanation is very short:

* All sources must be in git. This consists of all files you currently 
find after running bootstrap but autom4te.cache.
It comprises all *.ins, all *.m4s all *.ac all configure, and several 
other files more.

Cf. how gcc, binutils and other packages handle this.

* --enable-maintainer-mode implies read/write access to the sources. 
People who are using a readonly source tree must not use it, but rely 
upon the files in git being current.


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