[darcs-users] darcs patch: Remove autoconf support and cut GNUmakefile to only bu...

Trent W. Buck trentbuck at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 23:33:12 UTC 2009

Petr Rockai <me at mornfall.net> writes:

> - make continuous: this is something we may want to get back -- the best
>   approach I can think of is to patch searchpath to use cabal to do the work:
>   either that, or write a new tool... original searchpath seems to be gone and
>   it's a good deal of spaghetti with load of features we don't care about

Why can't that functionality be folded into cabal?  It's hardly Darcs-specific.

> - make installserver: I wish I knew how this whole thing worked...

Probably this just copies that old .cgi script somewhere.

> - make darcs-snapshot: dunno what is this good for either
> - make windowsinstaller: has anyone seen this working in last say year?
> - make microbench: probably not used either

Dunno about those.

> I think the rest of the autoconf/make features is now substituted by cabal just
> fine. I have retained "make tags" and "make website", with the latter being
> lightly crippled: it expects that a standard cabal build has happened (leaving
> behind dist/build/darcs/darcs) and it uses latex2html unconditionally.

latex2html is not DFSG-compliant.  But everyone seems to use it
anyway... :-(

> I think this is it. I'm looking forward to having at least the manual built and
> installed by cabal

We need to fold src/preproc.hs into the main executable (as was done for
the manpage) and/or replace it with pandoc voodoo inside the main executable.

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