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[SRU] intltool confused by separate build-dir
Status in intltool:
Status in intltool package in Ubuntu:
Status in intltool source package in Xenial:
Status in intltool source package in Artful:
An old bug in intltool breaks out-of-tree builds, including "make
distcheck", in a lot of intltool-using projects when automake version
is 1.15 or newer.
The fix for this issue (by Aleksander Morgado) is provided in the
debdiffs attached to the report.
It's a long-standing bug which is present in all current Ubuntu releases,
starting from Xenial. Would be really nice to get it finally fixed. The
developers have to patch their intltool locally just to have a working
distcheck target (which is used when making release tarballs).
Try making release tarball for some upstream package. For example, it
can be mate-desktop, a base project for various MATE components.
$ sudo apt-get build-dep mate-desktop
$ git clone https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-desktop
$ cd mate-desktop
$ ./autogen.sh --enable-gtk-doc --enable-deprecated --disable-strict
$ make -j5 && make dist -j5 && make distcheck -j5
This will build the project, make release tarball and check it by
unpacking it into a new directory and building (again) in it. The last
step will fail:
srcdir=../../../po /usr/bin/intltool-update -m
The following files contain translations and are currently not in use. Please
consider adding these to the POTFILES.in file, located in the po/ directory.
If some of these files are left out on purpose then please add them to
POTFILES.skip instead of POTFILES.in. A file 'missing' containing this list
of left out files has been written in the current directory.
Please report to https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-desktop/
if [ -r missing -o -r notexist ]; then \
exit 1; \
Makefile:179: recipe for target 'check' failed
The out-of-tree build breaks here.
None. This is a fix for a broken feature, it doesn't affects other ones.
Also the fix had been tested by MATE developers in various distros, including
Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora.
systemd uses 'intltool-update -m' from intltoolize in its 'make check'.
$(top_srcdir)/po/POTFILES.skip contains the name of a generated file
(src/core/org.freedesktop.systemd1.policy.in), which will be generated as
$(builddir)==$(srcdir) than everything works fine. When they are different,
there's no way to instruct intltool-update to skip the file. Since the name of
the build directory is not known and can be arbitrary, there should be a way to
instruct intltool-update to ignore files relative to the $(top_builddir), or
something like that. One option would be to turn the file list into a list of
globs (**/src/core/org.freedesktop.systemd1.policy.in would work perfectly in
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