[Build-common-hackers] Bug#573350: Bug#573350: cdbs: autotools-vars.mk shouldn't include makefile.mk

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Wed Mar 10 19:43:56 UTC 2010

Hi Emilio,

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 07:46:17PM +0100, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:

>I'm writing a python-autotools.mk class.

Quite interesting!

I wrote such class a couple of years ago but only 5 hours ago I got 
around to include in in mainline cdbs.

I am curious both how you implemented your class (maybe you took care of 
some parts that I missed out?) and also I wonder why it fails with the 
current class hierarchy.

So... Would you mind sharing that class of yours?

My implementation is in Git: 

>I've included autotools-vars.mk from it to get all the variables I need 
>to use, but autotools-vars.mk includes makefile.mk and that breaks my 
>I think autotools-vars.mk should only include makefile-vars.mk, and the 
>stuff that really needs makefile.mk (e.g. autotools.mk or 
>autotools-files.mk) should include it directly.
>Here's a patch that does that. It builds fine (i.e. it passes the test 
>suite) and lets me include autotools-vars.mk.

The test suite only covers a small fraction of possible CDBS use cases.

I have wondered myself why autotools-vars included makefile and not just 
makefile-vars.  It was done like that before I got heavily involved with 
CDBS, but I suspect it was due to order of inclusion - which I believe 
has been solved since then.

Nevertheless there might be users reying on that dependency by now :-/

So please, share your code and let's see what is the problem there - 
perhaps it can enlighten me of some common problem that others might run 
into which is relevant to fix, even if your class might not be needed 
now that there's an alternative implementation available.


  - Jonas

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