[Libreoffice] GNU cp dependency

Francois Tigeot ftigeot at wolfpond.org
Fri Mar 18 22:09:10 PDT 2011

Hi Bjoern,

On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 05:36:02AM +0100, Bjoern Michaelsen wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Mar 2011 23:17:34 +0100
> Francois Tigeot <ftigeot at wolfpond.org> wrote:
> > configure: error: no, GNU cp needed. install or specify
> > with --with-gnu-cp=/path/to/it
> As the guy who changed that (back when I was still at Oracle): No, this
> didnt introduce a new dependency on GNU cp -- it always was there.

Well, all my builds of the last few month were run without it.

> There was a variable GNUCOPY in the old build system which everyone
> expected to be GNU cp. The funny thing is: the build system would still
> fall back to any cp it will find in most cases. Thus you could end up
> with some POSIX cp in the variable GNUCOPY leading to very interesting
> effects

AFAIK, there is (was?) some code to check for this and use correct arguments
for straight cp.
I agree the old build system was buggy: at one time I installed coreutils
and tried to use its included cp, specifying the full path but the scripts
still tried to use /bin/cp instead.

> Once we get rid of the old build system we dont need to require GNU cp

Neat. Is there a timeframe for that ?

> P.S.: Also note that the old build system did not always require GNU
> cp. For example on OSX it did not (and configure should not complain
> there).

I'm runnning DragonFly and the behavior has clearly changed. Should I
remove/change the test in configure.in ?

Kind Regards,

Francois Tigeot

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