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John E. Malmberg
November 30, 2004 03:38
Re: [PATCH] Re: getting on a diet
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Nicholas Clark wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2004 at 01:58:52PM -0600, Craig Berry wrote:
> I'm not sure. I was trying to keep Config's AUTOLOAD as simple as possible.
> Then again, using %INC shouldn't be that hard.
> For the Unix Makefile I hit the same problem (with the POD scripts) and
> the solution I found was to change the -I on the command line from a
> relative to an absolute path. Is that viable with the VMS MMS file? Or have
> I missed some VMS specific subtilty?

A VMS specific method would be to have a logical name that equated to a 
search list.

$define foobar foo:[dir1],bar:[dir2]

You can have quite a few directories on the list, and they would show up 
  in UNIX syntax as all being in the same directory: foobar/xxxxx.h

My preference in doing VMS builds of application is to use the search 
list feature of logical names to isolate the source from the resulting 
binaries and intermediate files.

For example:

Dist_root:[*...] is a source directory tree that the build procedure 
does not have privilege to modify.

local_root:[*...] is the directory with locally modified source files 
for testing patches, etc.

DEFINE BUILD_ROOT local_root:,dist_root:

Set default BUILD_ROOT:[000000] ! Or other base directory.

Now VMS will automatically look in the local_root: directory tree first 
for a file, and if it is not found, will look in dist_root: directory tree.

New files being created will be put in the LOCAL_ROOT: tree.

This does not work if the build procedure is expecting to actually 
modify files from the original distribution in place.

Perl at the last time I attempted a build on VMS could not use such a 
search list.

FYI: It looks like building SAMBA Version 4 on VMS will require using 
PERL to do the configuration phase.

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