[Monetdb-developers] bootstrap: why does it remove .orig files?

Stefan Manegold Stefan.Manegold at cwi.nl
Wed Dec 6 10:38:48 CET 2006


de-bootstrap indeed removes *.orig files, mainly because they might have
been created by bootstrap when conflicts occur during the patch(es).

Yes, this might be a bit "eager", but de-boostrap is kept a bit "generic"
since it is hard to list exactly only the files that bootstrap creates (in
various circumstance) and maintain this list. 

That's why there are wildcards.

And that's why de-boostrap asks the developer for confirmation before
deleting any file(s).

Moreover this is open source hence 
(1) no guarantees
(2) use at your own risk
(3) feel free to fix/change/improve the code

My apologies for the inconveniences caused by de-bootstrap.


On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 10:18:00AM +0100, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just found out I lost some (hours of) work, because de-bootstrap
> threw away some files which I temporarily renamed to "*.orig".  Whether
> or not this was a good idea, I'm wondering what de-bootstrap's rationale
> is to remove those "original" files, which I don't think that match the
> description of de-bootstrap:
> 	This script ("./de-bootstrap") can be used to clean up the source tree,
> 	i.e., to remove all files that were created by "./bootstrap".
> <rant>
> In my case it did remove a file that was NOT created by bootstrap, and
> if bootstrap ever has a patch failing and produces an .orig (and .rej)
> file, I might prefer my unclobbered file to exist.
> In any case, I am NOT amused, and think -- considering the many
> wildcards in the script -- that it does far from what its description
> says.
> Of course it asks me whether or not I want to delete stuff, but sorry, I
> haven't written a script yet that performs the task de-bootstrap should
> have done to see whether it throws away a file it shouldn't even want to
> touch.  And manually examining the two terminal heights long list of
> files also isn't my speciality.
> </rant>
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