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Re: Problem with r32409 (fix for 'BSD make' compatibility).

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:04:12 +0200

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 02:25:00PM -0400, Karl Fogel wrote:
> I was just reviewing r32409 (last change in the STATUS file for 1.5.2),
> and have a question about it:

Thanks for looking at this :)

> Hmmm. So we've stopped including "$(top_builddir)/" as a prefix to
> bindings source files listed as targets... This feels like a halfway
> solution, though. Exactly one of the following two cases is true, i
> think:
> 1. $top_builddir is conceivably useful, in which case we should
> include it everywhere we might need it; after all, it might not
> always be hardcoded to '.'
> -OR-
> 2. $top_builddir is not useful (will *always* be hardcoded to '.'),
> in which case, shouldn't we get rid of it entirely, instead of
> just ceasing to use it in this one instance?

As far as I can tell, case 2 is true:

  $ svn cat https://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/Makefile.in \
    | grep top_builddir
  top_builddir = .
  INCLUDES = -I$(top_srcdir)/subversion/include -I$(top_builddir)/subversion \

To me, it looks like top_builddir is indeed just hardcoded to a dot.
I'm not sure why we have that defined at all.

'svn blame Makefile.in' says top_builddir has been around at least
since Subversion went self-hosting:

     1 svn top_builddir = .

So if nothing else breaks when it's removed, I'd say let's remove it.

The only case I can think of where top_builddir could be something
other than '.' would be when running make from a different directory
than where the generated Makefile resides. E.g. like so:

        cd /tmp && make -f ~/svn/Makefile

In which case we'd have to be a bit smarter about setting top_builddir.
But I don't expect anyone would need to compile Subversion like that.


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