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Re: [bug-inetutils] Generated files in CVS?

From: Alfred M\. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [bug-inetutils] Generated files in CVS?
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 13:29:47 +0100

   Yes, I will. It can make testing easier, but at the same time it
   makes working with CVS way more difficult. In particular, it
   renders cvs diff almost useless (it spits out too much irrelevant
   information about diffs in configure et al). I believe it is easy
   enough to run autoreconf from time to time, especially given that
   Makefile machinery does it automatically for most changes.

I fail to see how it makes `cvs diff' useless, it is trivial to ignore
files in a big diff, or you can always do a diff on a specific file
you are interested in.  We already keep partially generated files in
the CVS (GNUlib), so I don't see why we can't keep the rest.  I have
worked on projects with generated files, and frankly, there is no
difference in how you work on them.

Also, I find that it isn't easy enough to generate them, sometimes you
simply do not have the tools on the machine to do it.  Which for my
part atleast, happens quite often.


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