[torquedev] missing file checks

Glen Beane glen.beane at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 19:18:48 MDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Garrick Staples <garrick at usc.edu> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 05:54:25PM -0700, Michael Jennings alleged:
>> On Thursday, 22 July 2010, at 16:51:36 (-0700),
>> Garrick Staples wrote:
>> > I've added checks to 'make dist' (and distcheck) to look for missing
>> > files.  README.* and every file in contrib must now exist in the
>> > distribution tarball or an error is generated.
>> I realize I'm not a developer, but if I may ask:  What is the
>> rationale for having Makefile.in and other auto-generated files
>> committed to the SVN repository?  Usually these files are omitted, and
>> a script such as autogen.sh or autoreconf is used instead.
> So that we are all working with the same set of generated files?
> Most people don't want to bother with this stuff anyways. Most would rather
> just work on the code.
> Is there a downside to committing generated autotools files?
> (and I use autoreconf to generate these files)

For what it is worth, for other projects I work on I usually do not
check in generated files.  It isn't a big deal to run "autogen.sh" the
first time you check out something.

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