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Re: Behaviour of Build / Configure in GNU programs

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: Behaviour of Build / Configure in GNU programs
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:28:16 -0400

On Wed, 2015-07-08 at 15:22 +0200, John Darrington wrote:
> Ok.  How about appending this clarification:
> "This restriction does not apply to pre-configuration scripts or
> programs intended for use only by developers of the package."

I think we need to be very clear about the distinction between the
process of _creating a package for release_, and the process of
_building a released package_.

I think we agree that it's OK to download stuff from the internet while
creating a package for release; for example in GNU make the package
release procedure automatically downloads the latest translations.

I'm not sure that the GCS really makes this distinction clear enough; if
it did this clarification would probably not be needed.

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