Re: Shipping documentation untarred

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Subject: Re: Shipping documentation untarred
Date: 2009-08-11 14:02:01
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Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> I've been thinking that we could actually get rid of that build-in-srcdir
> behavior, which also occasionally puzzles vpath users with respect to gram.c
> and so on. The new behavior would be to build targets in the local directory.
> The only requirement would be that distribution tarballs be built in-tree, so
> that the stuff that is distprep'ed actually ends up in the tarball, but I
> think that should not be a problem.

I think one of the arguments for the current behavior is that the
derived files are platform-independent, so this way saves work if you
are building several sets of binaries from the same source tree.
However, I don't know of anyone actively making use of that behavior
--- and if they did want to, they'd likely use a tarball not a CVS
pull anyway.

Having all the derived files in the build directory definitely seems
to me to reduce the complexity and surprise factor, so +1 for changing.

regards, tom lane

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