[Libreoffice] GNU cp dependency

Bjoern Michaelsen bjoern.michaelsen at canonical.com
Sat Mar 19 17:05:07 PDT 2011

Hi Francois,

On Sat, 19 Mar 2011 06:09:10 +0100
Francois Tigeot <ftigeot at wolfpond.org> wrote:

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

That is luck and you dont want to count on that. Anyone using a
variable GNUCOPY in the old build system has every right to expect it
to contain a GNU cp.

> Neat. Is there a timeframe for that ?

As soon as you have migrated all modules to the new system. ;D

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

You could set GNUCOPY to empty (on BSD as on OSX) if there isnt one
available. But then the old build system will set GNUCOPY to a non-GNU
cp. Likely you will get breakers now on BSD from that and issues might
pop up again now and then as long as the old build system is around. So
if you do that change, you would be completely responsible for fixing
those yourself. Anyone assuming GNUCOPY to contain a GNU cp is
perfectly ok, so doing that even in the old build system is absolutely
innocent IMHO. Dont complain to them.

Honestly, I think the time spend on working around the awkwardness of
the old build system is better spend on migrating to the new build
system though.

Best Regards,


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