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Re: Binutils, GDB, GCC and Automake's 'cygnus' option

On 03/28/2012 02:29 PM, Joseph S. Myers wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Mar 2012, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
>>   - texinfo.tex is not required if a Texinfo source file is specified. The
>>     assumption is that the file will be supplied, but in a place that
>>     Automake cannot find. This assumption is an artifact of how Cygnus
>>     packages are typically bundled.
> texinfo.tex is in a known location, but only a single copy for GDB and 
> binutils and a single copy for GCC rather than in each directory needing 
> it.
Which makes perfect sense.  So Automake should support this use case.

> Is the approach used (for example) in libquadmath/
> TEXINFO_TEX   = ../gcc/doc/include/texinfo.tex
> considered a suitable approach for this case?
This would seem the most sensible approach, yes.  Want to give it a try to
see whether it works in the GCC/GDB/Binutils tree? (What should be verified
particularly carefully is that the idiom works also in VPATH builds).

>>   - Certain tools will be searched for in the build tree as well as in the
>>     user's PATH. These tools are runtest, expect, makeinfo and texi2dvi.
> I did previously suggest removing the existing support for building and 
> using these tools in-tree 
> <>, but there was 
> pushback on that.  I don't know, however, if it actually depends on 
> anything built into automake.
Hmm...  Couldn't the issues (if any) be worked around by explicitly
re-defining the $(EXPECT), $(RUNTEST), $(MAKEINFO) and $(TEXI2DVI)
variables in the relevant Makefiles so that they point to the bundled
tools?  E.g.,

  EXPECT = $(top_builddir)/../expect/expect

and so on.

>>   - The check target doesn't depend on all.
> I'm not aware of a need for that.
Glad to hear that.


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