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Re: Behaviour of Build / Configure in GNU programs

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Behaviour of Build / Configure in GNU programs
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:06:24 +0200
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On Wed, Jul 08, 2015 at 10:28:16AM -0400, Paul Smith wrote:
     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.

Isn't this a tautology?   The GCS doesn't make the distinction *at all*.  It
doesn't even mention the issue.  That is why we are having this discussion.


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