bugunrtf - Bugs: bug #43929, ./config/ automake files are...


bug #43929: ./config/ automake files are symlinks in 0.21.9

Submitted by:  Ken Dreyer <ktdreyer>
Submitted on:  Sun 04 Jan 2015 03:52:12 AM UTC  
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  None
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  None

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Tue 24 Mar 2015 03:13:51 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Shipping the config/ contents as symbolic links was most definitely a mistake.

As far as I can see, both automake and the actual tar file build have to be performed manually for this to happen (because it appears that "make dist" fixes the links while building the archive).

We will coordinate and try to make sure that this does not happen again in a future release.

Jean-Francois Dockes <medoc>
Project Administrator
Sun 04 Jan 2015 03:52:12 AM UTC, original submission:  

Starting with the 0.21.8 tarball, the automake files that are present in the ./config/ directory in the tarball are just symlinks.

This is fragile because the symlinks depend on a particular location for the targets. For example, the test-driver file is just a symlink to an automake installation in /usr:

unrtf-0.21.9/config/test-driver -> /usr/share/automake-1.13/test-driver

If I have automake installed to a different directory, or I have a different version of automake installed, then the build will fail. (This affects the Fedora Linux distribution, where we ship automake 1.14.)

The "-c" flag to automake will eliminate this problem. In fact the ./bootstrap helper script does invoke automake with the "-c" flag.

My guess is that when the 0.21.8 and 0.21.9 tarballs were created, the author may have simply ran "automake" by hand instead of using the ./bootstrap helper script.

Please consider using ./bootstrap for future releases.

Ken Dreyer <ktdreyer>


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