Re: [Rd] small issue with over-zealous clean.

From: Hin-Tak Leung <htl10_at_users.sourceforge.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:23:14 +0000 (GMT)

> > --- On Sun, 9/12/12, Dirk
> Eddelbuettel <edd_at_debian.org>
> wrote:
>
> > On 9 December 2012 at 18:17, Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
> > | Noticed a problem for a while - tests/testit.Rd,
> > tests/ver20.Rd are removed on "make clean"
> unintentionally.
> > |
> > | This seems to come from a change in
> tests/Makefile.in, which adds the line:
> > |    -_at_rm -f *.tar.gz *.Rd back in May 2012.
> > |
> > | -----------
> > | commit c4d70254e7b7f9d7ed17faecfb3097195d852ddc
> > | Author: ripley
> <ripley_at_00db46b3-68df-0310-9c12-caf00c1e9a41>
> > | Date:   Sun May 27 09:04:41 2012 +0000
> > |
> > |     fix some issues seen by examining
> no-segfaults.Rout
> > |     
>
> [..... dropped
> ..... embarrassing / amusing distraction on svn/git .....
> ..... started by the OP, not by Dirk !
> ]

That comment is a bit childish, don't you think?

> > That said ..a small bug was introduced back in
> May  .....
>
> Yes, you are right.
> BTW: The reason that nobody (from R core, probably not many
> people otherwise) has found/mentioned this bug before is not
> the
> use of svn, but the fact that it is much more convenient
> (and
> hence somewhat recommended) to build R outside of its
> source
> directory, and in that case the two *.Rd files that belong
> to
> ./tests/ are not removed (from the *build* directory's
> ./tests/)

"more convenient" is a subjective matter.

As I mentioned in my original post, I have a few local modifications which are continually re-applied ("rebase"d, but I shall not be drawn into arguing about matters of personal preference again) - therefore it is more convenient to build on top.

Since we are on the topic of locally-continually applied modifications, I reported another issue about 40 days ago, that reccent R trunk now treat revision as numeric, so 'unknown' in the topic level Makefile.in should be changed accordingly to 0 or some number. Here is the diff - one of the "locally-continually applied modifications" I am talking about:


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