Yes I eventually found out about the maintainer mode by searching
for where -Werror is coming from, that's how I ended up using the
tarball (because there is no maintainer mode there).

Didn't know about README.git though - this does have a lot of info
indeed, thanks!

On Tue, 21 Mar 2023 at 17:24, Paul Smith <> wrote:

> On Tue, 2023-03-21 at 12:52 +0000, Costas Argyris wrote:
> > When trying from git, which was my first attempt, I was getting
> > compilation warnings which were turning themselves into errors,
> > so I never managed to build.
> >
> > When I used the sources extracted from the tarball though, this
> > simply wasn't the case so I was able to cross-compile just fine.
> FYI when you build from Git, the "maintainer mode" is enabled by
> default.  This includes extra runtime checks which make "make" slower,
> and it also includes extreme compiler warning options, and also adds
> the -Werror to turn those into failures (when you're using autotools).
> You can disable this mode, even when compiling from Git, if you need
> to.  Instructions for building from Git should be available in the
> README.git file (this is only part of a Git checkout, it's not
> available in the release).
> However as Eli says it's usually not a big deal to apply patches from a
> source release, to the Git repository ourselves.

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