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Re: configure/make/make install with moving srcdir, builddir...

--On Thursday, July 04, 2002 02:20:29 PM -0700 Geoff Keating <> wrote:

Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2002 10:18:11 -0700
From: Mark Mitchell <>

--On Thursday, July 04, 2002 12:36:38 PM -0400 DJ Delorie
<>  wrote:

>> I think that's fine.  And if we can really simplify our makefiles
>> that's worth more than being able to change the $srcdir around.  We
>> can always add that later if someone really, really needs it.
> What about the case where you do a build on one machine, and do "make
> install" on many others with different mount points?  Doesn't that
> need to know where srcdir is, yet srcdir is a different location for
> them?

Yes -- but this is exactly the kind of thing that I think we can live

I know people do this; I know it's convenient.

It may be that it's easier to replace this usage with another
convenient way to do things.  For instance, GCC is supposed to be
location-independent; perhaps we could ask that people who would use
'make install' to install on multiple machines in different places
instead use the (well-tested and often-used) facilities to install in
an alternative directory, and then use 'tar' or a package management
tool to move the binaries to where they need to go.
That's a possibility as well.

In either case, we agree that we don't need this facility in the new
Makefiles before we check them in.


Mark Mitchell         
CodeSourcery, LLC     

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