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Autotools libpcre issue
From: Shinnok <admin () shinnok com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2011 14:29:32 +0300


I have a question regarding the Makefile generated by Autotools in the
Nmap distribution:

libpcre/pcre.h - is cleared upon make distclean thus leaving the SVN
working directory dirty

As I see it pcre.h is generated automatically by the pcre toolkit.
There is a copy already in the SVN distribution and configure script
creates another, thus overwriting the repo one. Upon make distclean,
pcre.h is removed since it is supposed to have been generated by the
build process. Is pcre.h in the SVN repo for reasons such as a
workaround for when that header can not be generated or is it a bug?

Possible solutions are: leave the header in SVN but do not remove it
in distclean or even generating it in configure? or remove it from the
repo and rely on it to be generated and then removed by distclean?

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