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[h-e-w] The "dist" makefile target & the --distfiles configure option

From: Dani Moncayo
Subject: [h-e-w] The "dist" makefile target & the --distfiles configure option
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:25:09 +0100


After bootstrapping Emacs on my system (MS-Windows 7 64-bit; mingw32),
if I try the "dist" target (mingw32-make dist), I get this error:

cp -rf "C:/emacs/trunk/nt/../leim" emacs-24.0.91
cp -rf "C:/emacs/trunk/nt/../site-lisp" emacs-24.0.91
cp -rf  emacs-24.0.91/bin
cp: missing destination file operand after `emacs-24.0.91/bin'
Try `cp --help' for more information.
mingw32-make: *** [dist] Error 1

Looking at the file "nt/makefile", it seems that the failing sentence
is this one:
        $(CP_DIR) $(DIST_FILES) $(TMP_DIST_DIR)/bin

The problem is that `$(DIST_FILES)' expands to nothing, because I
specified no "--distfiles" argument to configure.bat.  In fact, if I
comment out that line, everything seem to go fine.

But then my question is: why is such argument mandatory?  If someone
(like me) doesn't want/need to build Emacs with any external library,
s?he should be able to make a binary distribution, no?


Dani Moncayo

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