31 Jul 2004 ashtong   » (Observer)

Today I finally released the first Band Saw packages. I've written a user manual for it since my last post, and have been holding off rolling the tarballs until I'd figured out how to get the autotools to verify their sanity. My problems were caused by introducing scrollkeeper into the mix, as try as I might I couldn't persuade the autotools to build me a tarball with "make distcheck".

It turned out that my autogen.sh script (that I'd put together after reading some of the docs I mentioned earlier) were quite wrong, and that I should have been using the gnome-autogen.sh script from the gnome-common package all along. Strange that this information didn't seem to be readily forthcoming before I poured hours into trying to debug my makefiles, and that I only found out about gnome-common by word of mouth from people on the #gnome-hackers IRC channel. They've been very helpful throughout.

I also thought it was a bit surprising that the gnome-common that is packaged with Gentoo was of absolutely no use whatsoever (it caused complaints about deprecated M4 macros), and that I had to download it from GNOME cvs. I'm wondering whether this all needs writing down somewhere for people in a similar boat...

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