not clobbering installed xdm config files in make install?

Matthieu Herrb matthieu.herrb at
Sun May 27 12:48:51 PDT 2007

Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Sun, May 27, 2007 at 10:55:14AM -0600, Matthieu Herrb wrote:
>> I'm looking for a way to get automake to do what the old imake 
>> Install*NoClobber() rules did, in particular for app/xdm/config, as it's 
>>   annoying to get your customized xdm configuration overwritten 
>> everytime you install a new xdm.
>> Any idea if automake has such a feature, or how to add it without 
>> loosing other benefits of automake?
> No, since it destroys the predictability of builds.  That's what
> packaging systems are for.

Yes, when I build a binary package I use a DESTDIR that points to an 
initially clean directory (or the packaging system first nukes DESTDIR 
contents), but when I'm developing on my own machine, I don't want the 
build system to clobber my /etc contents.
Matthieu Herrb

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