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  • dv1445@...
    (Bram, you ll probably be interested in this thread still) ... Now I know why (a) I have that file in MacVim repo clones, and (b) I don t have it in BramVim
    Message 1 of 18 , May 27, 2013
      (Bram, you'll probably be interested in this thread still)

      björn, on 05/24/13 at 15:39:41 +0200, wrote:
      > On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
      > > Bram Moolenaar wrote:
      > > > > Doing 'make distclean' doesn't remove src/config.cache.
      > > > > Shouldn't it? I went to compare this to the BramVim repo, but
      > > > > found that the BramVim repo's ./configure script never even
      > > > > creates src/config.cache in the first place.
      > > > >
      > > > > If I forget to do the "export CC=clang" bit before ./configuring
      > > > > on Lion or greater, then realize my error and go back and do it,
      > > > > then do make distclean to clear the cache, the ./configure
      > > > > script yells at me to do "make distclean" even though I already
      > > > > did. Sure enough, src/config.cache is still sitting there. I
      > > > > have to manually remove the file.
      > > >
      > > > Vim puts config.cache in src/auto. If you have one in src then
      > > > something went wrong.
      > >
      > > That's what I suspected, but MacVim has been doing this for what
      > > seems like at least a year.
      > >
      > I don't have config.cache in src/. Not sure why you do but as far as
      > I can tell MacVim is not the cause of this. There should not be any
      > reason why it should create this file (at least I never patched the
      > configure script to do so).

      Now I know why (a) I have that file in MacVim repo clones, and (b) I
      don't have it in BramVim repo clones.

      Whenever I configure MacVim or BramVim, I always do "./configure -C
      someflags" (note the -C flag). I do this whenever I build pretty much
      anything, by reflex, because most of my machines are pretty slow and I
      like the speedup that comes from caching boring config tests.

      I just checked './configure --help', and both MacVim and BramVim say:

      --cache-file=FILE cache test results in FILE [disabled]
      -C, --config-cache alias for `--cache-file=config.cache'

      Now the difference between MacVim and BramVim: When I use the "-C" flag,
      as I always do, BramVim puts "config.cache" in src/auto, whereas MacVim
      puts it in "src". The output of "./configure -C" in MacVim says
      "configure: creating cache config.cache", whereas the output of that
      same command in a BramVim repo says "configure: creating cache
      auto/config.cache".

      I suspect that Björn sees no such file because he is not using the "-C"
      flag with "./configure". Or at least, I *hope* that's why!

      In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to be
      changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache files will
      go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make distclean" in a
      MacVim repo will in fact clean them.

      As a side note: although './configure --help' seems to say otherwise,
      "--cache-file" is in fact NOT disabled by either MacVim or BramVim,
      since I've been doing "-C" which is an alias for
      "--cache-file=config.cache", and it *has* been caching (thank God) in
      both MacVim and BramVim. (I suspect that "disabled" *really* is
      supposed to mean "there will be no caching by default, but there will be
      caching if you explicitly ask for it"; the wording of the output,
      however, makes it appear that there is no way to get caching).

      -gmn

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    • dv1445@...
      ... That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts ought to be changed so that blah blah. (Or perhaps make distclean can be patched to
      Message 2 of 18 , May 27, 2013
        On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
        > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to be
        > changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache files will
        > go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make distclean" in a
        > MacVim repo will in fact clean them.

        That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts ought to be changed so that blah blah.

        (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any existing src/config.cache)

        If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.

        -gmn

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      • dv1445@...
        Two things, for the record, 1. To prevent any confusion with my other ongoing thread re Tiger PPC, I note that this business about config.cache happens on all
        Message 3 of 18 , May 27, 2013
          Two things, for the record,

          1. To prevent any confusion with my other ongoing thread re Tiger PPC, I note that this business about config.cache happens on all archs. I see it on Tiger PPC, Leopard PPC, Lion and Mountain Lion.

          2. Also, besides config.cache, the following files are put into "src/auto" in BramVim but in "src" on MacVim: config.log, config.status.

          -gmn

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        • dv1445@...
          ... Hi Björn, Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don t know what causes it. I don t know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
          Message 4 of 18 , Jun 13, 2013
            On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 01:10:58PM -0400, dv1445@... wrote:
            > On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
            > > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to
            > > be changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache
            > > files will go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make
            > > distclean" in a MacVim repo will in fact clean them.
            >
            > That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts
            > ought to be changed so that blah blah.
            >
            > (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any
            > existing src/config.cache)
            >
            > If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.

            Hi Björn,

            Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don't know what causes
            it. I don't know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
            through the difference between those of MacVim and those of BramVim. So
            I propose modifying, in MacVim, src/Makefile according the the below
            diff.

            The line two lines above my added one is doing almost nothing at all,
            because the files auto/config.{status,log,cache} are never created by
            MacVim as far as I can see:

            ** If I call './configure -C', they get put in src/, which is what
            generated this bug-reporting thread.

            ** If on the other hand I call plain './configure', then no caches are
            created, so there's nothing for that line of the Makefile to destroy.

            ** If I call './configure --cache-file=src/auto/config.cache (which
            './configure --help tells me is kosher), then no config.cache is put
            *anywhere*, and config.{log,status} are put straight into src/ where
            the latter won't get wiped out by 'make distclean'.

            Therefore I propose leaving that line in place (since it's doing no
            harm), but adding one that allows 'make distclean' to destroy
            'src/config.{cache,log,status}'. I tested this locally and it seems to
            work. Thus 'make distclean' will destroy the things it's supposed to
            destroy.

            -gmn


            --- a/src/Makefile
            +++ b/src/Makefile
            @@ -2394,6 +2394,7 @@
            scrub scratch:
            -rm -f auto/config.status auto/config.cache config.log auto/config.log
            -rm -f auto/config.h auto/link.log auto/link.sed auto/config.mk
            + -rm -f config.cache config.log config.status
            touch auto/config.h
            cp config.mk.dist auto/config.mk

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          • björn
            ... I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference instead of blindly patching. I don t know what causes it though, so I can t help.
            Message 5 of 18 , Jun 18, 2013
              On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM, wrote:
              > On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 01:10:58PM -0400, wrote:
              >> On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
              >> > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to
              >> > be changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache
              >> > files will go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make
              >> > distclean" in a MacVim repo will in fact clean them.
              >>
              >> That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts
              >> ought to be changed so that blah blah.
              >>
              >> (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any
              >> existing src/config.cache)
              >>
              >> If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.
              >
              > Hi Björn,
              >
              > Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don't know what causes
              > it. I don't know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
              > through the difference between those of MacVim and those of BramVim. So
              > I propose modifying, in MacVim, src/Makefile according the the below
              > diff.
              >
              > The line two lines above my added one is doing almost nothing at all,
              > because the files auto/config.{status,log,cache} are never created by
              > MacVim as far as I can see:
              >
              > ** If I call './configure -C', they get put in src/, which is what
              > generated this bug-reporting thread.
              >
              > ** If on the other hand I call plain './configure', then no caches are
              > created, so there's nothing for that line of the Makefile to destroy.
              >
              > ** If I call './configure --cache-file=src/auto/config.cache (which
              > './configure --help tells me is kosher), then no config.cache is put
              > *anywhere*, and config.{log,status} are put straight into src/ where
              > the latter won't get wiped out by 'make distclean'.
              >
              > Therefore I propose leaving that line in place (since it's doing no
              > harm), but adding one that allows 'make distclean' to destroy
              > 'src/config.{cache,log,status}'. I tested this locally and it seems to
              > work. Thus 'make distclean' will destroy the things it's supposed to
              > destroy.

              I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference
              instead of blindly patching. I don't know what causes it though, so I
              can't help.

              Björn

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            • dv1445@...
              ... Very well then :) To all: don t use the -C flag with ./configure , or else you will ruin make distclean for yourself. It won t destroy your configure
              Message 6 of 18 , Jun 18, 2013
                On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 09:27:17PM +0200, björn wrote:
                > I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference
                > instead of blindly patching. I don't know what causes it though, so I
                > can't help.

                Very well then :)

                To all: don't use the '-C' flag with './configure', or else you will
                ruin 'make distclean' for yourself. It won't destroy your configure
                cache.

                (Unless you're aware of this and willing to remove the relevant things
                manually or patch your local Makefile as I did earlier in this thread).

                -gmn

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              • dv1445@...
                ... Hi Björn, I think I ve found out why MacVim is putting config.cache (et. al.) in the wrong place (which is itself why make distclean isn t seeking and
                Message 7 of 18 , Jun 20, 2013
                  On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 09:27:17PM +0200, björn wrote:
                  > On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM, wrote:
                  > > On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 01:10:58PM -0400, wrote:
                  > >> On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
                  > >> > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to
                  > >> > be changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache
                  > >> > files will go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make
                  > >> > distclean" in a MacVim repo will in fact clean them.
                  > >>
                  > >> That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts
                  > >> ought to be changed so that blah blah.
                  > >>
                  > >> (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any
                  > >> existing src/config.cache)
                  > >>
                  > >> If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.
                  > >
                  > > Hi Björn,
                  > >
                  > > Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don't know what causes
                  > > it. I don't know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
                  > > through the difference between those of MacVim and those of BramVim. So
                  > > I propose modifying, in MacVim, src/Makefile according the the below
                  > > diff.
                  > >
                  > > The line two lines above my added one is doing almost nothing at all,
                  > > because the files auto/config.{status,log,cache} are never created by
                  > > MacVim as far as I can see:
                  > >
                  > > ** If I call './configure -C', they get put in src/, which is what
                  > > generated this bug-reporting thread.
                  > >
                  > > ** If on the other hand I call plain './configure', then no caches are
                  > > created, so there's nothing for that line of the Makefile to destroy.
                  > >
                  > > ** If I call './configure --cache-file=src/auto/config.cache (which
                  > > './configure --help tells me is kosher), then no config.cache is put
                  > > *anywhere*, and config.{log,status} are put straight into src/ where
                  > > the latter won't get wiped out by 'make distclean'.
                  > >
                  > > Therefore I propose leaving that line in place (since it's doing no
                  > > harm), but adding one that allows 'make distclean' to destroy
                  > > 'src/config.{cache,log,status}'. I tested this locally and it seems to
                  > > work. Thus 'make distclean' will destroy the things it's supposed to
                  > > destroy.
                  >
                  > I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference
                  > instead of blindly patching. I don't know what causes it though, so I
                  > can't help.

                  Hi Björn,

                  I think I've found out why MacVim is putting config.cache (et. al.) in
                  the "wrong" place (which is itself why 'make distclean' isn't seeking
                  and destroying those files).

                  Could it be because MacVim has TWO 'configure' files of substance, while
                  BramVim only has one?

                  In MacVim repo:
                  'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                  'src/configure' is "meaty".
                  'src/auto/configure' is even meatier (by ~175KB!!).

                  In BramVim repo:
                  'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                  'src/configure' is a slightly larger wrapper.
                  'src/auto/configure' is meaty, about as meaty as 'src/configure' from
                  MacVim.

                  If, in MacVim, the meaty config script that's governing cachefile
                  placement is the one sitting in /src, then that would explain why it's
                  dropping config.cache right in /src (look at its line 914, see a
                  relative path).

                  In BramVim, the only meaty config script is in 'src/auto', so the
                  corresponding line would dump config.cache in src/auto, right?

                  Of further interest: BramVim's 'src/configure' appears to be calling
                  'src/auto/configure' with an explicit request that config.cache be left
                  in 'src/auto'.

                  If I am right that this is what's causing MacVim to put the files in a
                  different place from BramVim, it seems to me that either:

                  (a) one of MacVim's two meaty configure scripts (or both??) should be
                  made to drop config.cache (and .log, and .status) in 'src/auto', and to
                  know that that's where to read cached info from.

                  Or,

                  (b) the Makefile's 'make distclean' should be tweaked to find those
                  files in their current location ('src/'). Of course, this needn't be
                  done in exactly the way I proposed earlier.

                  BTW, MacVim's 'src/configure' appears to correspond to BramVim's
                  'src/auto/configure'. There are many differences, but they seem to be
                  almost all tiny differences. Also, MacVim's 'src/auto/configure'
                  appears to be older than 'src/configure'.

                  -gmn

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                • björn
                  ... I m sorry, but the speculation doesn t help. All I can say is that I have done nothing to change the way the configure script works for MacVim. There are
                  Message 8 of 18 , Jun 21, 2013
                    On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
                    > On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 09:27:17PM +0200, björn wrote:
                    >> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM, wrote:
                    >> > On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 01:10:58PM -0400, wrote:
                    >> >> On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
                    >> >> > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to
                    >> >> > be changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache
                    >> >> > files will go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make
                    >> >> > distclean" in a MacVim repo will in fact clean them.
                    >> >>
                    >> >> That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts
                    >> >> ought to be changed so that blah blah.
                    >> >>
                    >> >> (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any
                    >> >> existing src/config.cache)
                    >> >>
                    >> >> If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.
                    >> >
                    >> > Hi Björn,
                    >> >
                    >> > Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don't know what causes
                    >> > it. I don't know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
                    >> > through the difference between those of MacVim and those of BramVim. So
                    >> > I propose modifying, in MacVim, src/Makefile according the the below
                    >> > diff.
                    >> >
                    >> > The line two lines above my added one is doing almost nothing at all,
                    >> > because the files auto/config.{status,log,cache} are never created by
                    >> > MacVim as far as I can see:
                    >> >
                    >> > ** If I call './configure -C', they get put in src/, which is what
                    >> > generated this bug-reporting thread.
                    >> >
                    >> > ** If on the other hand I call plain './configure', then no caches are
                    >> > created, so there's nothing for that line of the Makefile to destroy.
                    >> >
                    >> > ** If I call './configure --cache-file=src/auto/config.cache (which
                    >> > './configure --help tells me is kosher), then no config.cache is put
                    >> > *anywhere*, and config.{log,status} are put straight into src/ where
                    >> > the latter won't get wiped out by 'make distclean'.
                    >> >
                    >> > Therefore I propose leaving that line in place (since it's doing no
                    >> > harm), but adding one that allows 'make distclean' to destroy
                    >> > 'src/config.{cache,log,status}'. I tested this locally and it seems to
                    >> > work. Thus 'make distclean' will destroy the things it's supposed to
                    >> > destroy.
                    >>
                    >> I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference
                    >> instead of blindly patching. I don't know what causes it though, so I
                    >> can't help.
                    >
                    > Hi Björn,
                    >
                    > I think I've found out why MacVim is putting config.cache (et. al.) in
                    > the "wrong" place (which is itself why 'make distclean' isn't seeking
                    > and destroying those files).
                    >
                    > Could it be because MacVim has TWO 'configure' files of substance, while
                    > BramVim only has one?
                    >
                    > In MacVim repo:
                    > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                    > 'src/configure' is "meaty".
                    > 'src/auto/configure' is even meatier (by ~175KB!!).
                    >
                    > In BramVim repo:
                    > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                    > 'src/configure' is a slightly larger wrapper.
                    > 'src/auto/configure' is meaty, about as meaty as 'src/configure' from
                    > MacVim.
                    >
                    > If, in MacVim, the meaty config script that's governing cachefile
                    > placement is the one sitting in /src, then that would explain why it's
                    > dropping config.cache right in /src (look at its line 914, see a
                    > relative path).
                    >
                    > In BramVim, the only meaty config script is in 'src/auto', so the
                    > corresponding line would dump config.cache in src/auto, right?
                    >
                    > Of further interest: BramVim's 'src/configure' appears to be calling
                    > 'src/auto/configure' with an explicit request that config.cache be left
                    > in 'src/auto'.
                    >
                    > If I am right that this is what's causing MacVim to put the files in a
                    > different place from BramVim, it seems to me that either:
                    >
                    > (a) one of MacVim's two meaty configure scripts (or both??) should be
                    > made to drop config.cache (and .log, and .status) in 'src/auto', and to
                    > know that that's where to read cached info from.
                    >
                    > Or,
                    >
                    > (b) the Makefile's 'make distclean' should be tweaked to find those
                    > files in their current location ('src/'). Of course, this needn't be
                    > done in exactly the way I proposed earlier.
                    >
                    > BTW, MacVim's 'src/configure' appears to correspond to BramVim's
                    > 'src/auto/configure'. There are many differences, but they seem to be
                    > almost all tiny differences. Also, MacVim's 'src/auto/configure'
                    > appears to be older than 'src/configure'.

                    I'm sorry, but the speculation doesn't help. All I can say is that I
                    have done nothing to change the way the configure script works for
                    MacVim. There are a few (not many) changes in the configure.in
                    script, but that's it. If you figure it out, please send me a patch,
                    otherwise I can not be of much help.

                    Björn

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                  • dv1445@...
                    ... The speculation is spot on, though. I have solved this, in the sense that I ve identified the cause and how to fix it: MacVim puts
                    Message 9 of 18 , Jun 21, 2013
                      On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 04:02:59PM +0200, björn wrote:
                      > On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
                      > > On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 09:27:17PM +0200, björn wrote:
                      > >> On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM, wrote:
                      > >> > On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 01:10:58PM -0400, wrote:
                      > >> >> On 05/27/13 at 10:46:11 -0400 gmn wrote:
                      > >> >> > In my opinion, whatever scripts in MacVim that control this ought to
                      > >> >> > be changed so that the result matches BramVim, and config.cache
                      > >> >> > files will go in src/auto rather than just src. That way, "make
                      > >> >> > distclean" in a MacVim repo will in fact clean them.
                      > >> >>
                      > >> >> That is to say, *if* it is easy to do so, then the relevant scripts
                      > >> >> ought to be changed so that blah blah.
                      > >> >>
                      > >> >> (Or perhaps 'make distclean' can be patched to also obliterate any
                      > >> >> existing src/config.cache)
                      > >> >>
                      > >> >> If it isn't an easy thing, just forget it. I can deal with it.
                      > >> >
                      > >> > Hi Björn,
                      > >> >
                      > >> > Although I discovered how to trigger the issue, I don't know what causes
                      > >> > it. I don't know enough about makefiles or confiure scripts to wade
                      > >> > through the difference between those of MacVim and those of BramVim. So
                      > >> > I propose modifying, in MacVim, src/Makefile according the the below
                      > >> > diff.
                      > >> >
                      > >> > The line two lines above my added one is doing almost nothing at all,
                      > >> > because the files auto/config.{status,log,cache} are never created by
                      > >> > MacVim as far as I can see:
                      > >> >
                      > >> > ** If I call './configure -C', they get put in src/, which is what
                      > >> > generated this bug-reporting thread.
                      > >> >
                      > >> > ** If on the other hand I call plain './configure', then no caches are
                      > >> > created, so there's nothing for that line of the Makefile to destroy.
                      > >> >
                      > >> > ** If I call './configure --cache-file=src/auto/config.cache (which
                      > >> > './configure --help tells me is kosher), then no config.cache is put
                      > >> > *anywhere*, and config.{log,status} are put straight into src/ where
                      > >> > the latter won't get wiped out by 'make distclean'.
                      > >> >
                      > >> > Therefore I propose leaving that line in place (since it's doing no
                      > >> > harm), but adding one that allows 'make distclean' to destroy
                      > >> > 'src/config.{cache,log,status}'. I tested this locally and it seems to
                      > >> > work. Thus 'make distclean' will destroy the things it's supposed to
                      > >> > destroy.
                      > >>
                      > >> I think it would be better to figure out why there is a difference
                      > >> instead of blindly patching. I don't know what causes it though, so I
                      > >> can't help.
                      > >
                      > > Hi Björn,
                      > >
                      > > I think I've found out why MacVim is putting config.cache (et. al.) in
                      > > the "wrong" place (which is itself why 'make distclean' isn't seeking
                      > > and destroying those files).
                      > >
                      > > Could it be because MacVim has TWO 'configure' files of substance, while
                      > > BramVim only has one?
                      > >
                      > > In MacVim repo:
                      > > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                      > > 'src/configure' is "meaty".
                      > > 'src/auto/configure' is even meatier (by ~175KB!!).
                      > >
                      > > In BramVim repo:
                      > > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                      > > 'src/configure' is a slightly larger wrapper.
                      > > 'src/auto/configure' is meaty, about as meaty as 'src/configure' from
                      > > MacVim.
                      > >
                      > > If, in MacVim, the meaty config script that's governing cachefile
                      > > placement is the one sitting in /src, then that would explain why it's
                      > > dropping config.cache right in /src (look at its line 914, see a
                      > > relative path).
                      > >
                      > > In BramVim, the only meaty config script is in 'src/auto', so the
                      > > corresponding line would dump config.cache in src/auto, right?
                      > >
                      > > Of further interest: BramVim's 'src/configure' appears to be calling
                      > > 'src/auto/configure' with an explicit request that config.cache be left
                      > > in 'src/auto'.
                      > >
                      > > If I am right that this is what's causing MacVim to put the files in a
                      > > different place from BramVim, it seems to me that either:
                      > >
                      > > (a) one of MacVim's two meaty configure scripts (or both??) should be
                      > > made to drop config.cache (and .log, and .status) in 'src/auto', and to
                      > > know that that's where to read cached info from.
                      > >
                      > > Or,
                      > >
                      > > (b) the Makefile's 'make distclean' should be tweaked to find those
                      > > files in their current location ('src/'). Of course, this needn't be
                      > > done in exactly the way I proposed earlier.
                      > >
                      > > BTW, MacVim's 'src/configure' appears to correspond to BramVim's
                      > > 'src/auto/configure'. There are many differences, but they seem to be
                      > > almost all tiny differences. Also, MacVim's 'src/auto/configure'
                      > > appears to be older than 'src/configure'.
                      >
                      > I'm sorry, but the speculation doesn't help. All I can say is that I
                      > have done nothing to change the way the configure script works for
                      > MacVim. There are a few (not many) changes in the configure.in
                      > script, but that's it. If you figure it out, please send me a patch,
                      > otherwise I can not be of much help.

                      The speculation is spot on, though. I have solved this, in the sense
                      that I've identified the cause and how to fix it:

                      MacVim puts config.{cache,log,status} in src, because src/configure is
                      NOT merely a wrapper (as it is in BramVim), so there is no special
                      request to src/auto/configure to put the cache in src/auto (as there is
                      in BramVim). This alone clinches that the *cache* goes in src/.

                      But in addition, note that src/auto/configure TRIES to put config.log in
                      explicitly src/auto (line 1496 and three other places), and
                      config.status *implicitly* in src/auto (via the relative path
                      ./config.status in line 19814). I say "tries", because these are
                      totally ignored, and in fact it's src/configure that governs the
                      placement of config.{log,status}. In fact, src/auto/configure's
                      declarations for where to put *all three* files are ignored, and totally
                      governed by src/configure.

                      To help confirm my diagnosis and work on a patch, I ran two further
                      tests:

                      ONE: I moved src/configure into src/auto, overwriting the configure
                      script that was there. I then copied from BramVim the wrapper
                      src/configure to the same spot in MacVim. Testing revealed that all of
                      config.{cache,log,status} went into src/auto. MacVim even built without
                      errors. This proves it's the interplay between src/configure and
                      src/auto/configure that's causing the issue.

                      TWO: I went into src/configure and altered line 914 to use a prefix
                      'auto/', then I made the string 'config.log' take a prefix 'auto/' in
                      lines 2224, 2234, 13404, and 13996, then gave the string 'config.status'
                      a prefix of 'auto/' in line 12831. In other words, I told src/configure
                      to put the files into src/auto. And then that's where it in fact put
                      them.

                      I don't know what else you want to know before a patch of some kind is
                      made.

                      -gmn

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                    • dv1445@...
                      ... This particular message below is not me agitating for a patch, but just asking a question so I can learn more about how MacVim works. Why is it that MacVim
                      Message 10 of 18 , Jun 21, 2013
                        On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 04:02:59PM +0200, björn wrote:
                        > On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
                        > > Could it be because MacVim has TWO 'configure' files of substance, while
                        > > BramVim only has one?
                        > >
                        > > In MacVim repo:
                        > > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                        > > 'src/configure' is "meaty".
                        > > 'src/auto/configure' is even meatier (by ~175KB!!).
                        > >
                        > > In BramVim repo:
                        > > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                        > > 'src/configure' is a slightly larger wrapper.
                        > > 'src/auto/configure' is meaty, about as meaty as 'src/configure' from
                        > > MacVim.
                        > >
                        > > If, in MacVim, the meaty config script that's governing cachefile
                        > > placement is the one sitting in /src, then that would explain why it's
                        > > dropping config.cache right in /src (look at its line 914, see a
                        > > relative path).
                        > >
                        > > In BramVim, the only meaty config script is in 'src/auto', so the
                        > > corresponding line would dump config.cache in src/auto, right?

                        This particular message below is not me agitating for a patch, but just
                        asking a question so I can learn more about how MacVim works.

                        Why is it that MacVim has two configure scripts of substance,
                        src/configure and src/auto/configure, whereas in BramVim src/configure
                        is just a wrapper that calls src/auto/configure?

                        The git logs tell me that originally MacVim's src/configure WAS just a
                        wrapper, but that it became "meaty" on Oct 18th 2007, where the commit
                        message was "Generated configure script"

                        -gmn

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                      • björn
                        ... OK, I ve restored the src/configure script from upstream now. Thanks for figuring this out and pointing it out to me. I made the mistake of running
                        Message 11 of 18 , Jun 23, 2013
                          On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
                          > On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 04:02:59PM +0200, björn wrote:
                          >> On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM, <dv1445@...> wrote:
                          >> > Could it be because MacVim has TWO 'configure' files of substance, while
                          >> > BramVim only has one?
                          >> >
                          >> > In MacVim repo:
                          >> > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                          >> > 'src/configure' is "meaty".
                          >> > 'src/auto/configure' is even meatier (by ~175KB!!).
                          >> >
                          >> > In BramVim repo:
                          >> > 'configure' is just a tiny wrapper.
                          >> > 'src/configure' is a slightly larger wrapper.
                          >> > 'src/auto/configure' is meaty, about as meaty as 'src/configure' from
                          >> > MacVim.
                          >> >
                          >> > If, in MacVim, the meaty config script that's governing cachefile
                          >> > placement is the one sitting in /src, then that would explain why it's
                          >> > dropping config.cache right in /src (look at its line 914, see a
                          >> > relative path).
                          >> >
                          >> > In BramVim, the only meaty config script is in 'src/auto', so the
                          >> > corresponding line would dump config.cache in src/auto, right?
                          >
                          > This particular message below is not me agitating for a patch, but just
                          > asking a question so I can learn more about how MacVim works.
                          >
                          > Why is it that MacVim has two configure scripts of substance,
                          > src/configure and src/auto/configure, whereas in BramVim src/configure
                          > is just a wrapper that calls src/auto/configure?
                          >
                          > The git logs tell me that originally MacVim's src/configure WAS just a
                          > wrapper, but that it became "meaty" on Oct 18th 2007, where the commit
                          > message was "Generated configure script"

                          OK, I've restored the src/configure script from upstream now. Thanks
                          for figuring this out and pointing it out to me. I made the mistake
                          of running "autoconf" instead of "make autoconf" and that is what
                          caused the problem in the first place.

                          I don't want to sound ungrateful or discouraging, but unfortunately
                          your posts are often so long that it makes it hard for me to get the
                          point and I often don't have the energy to read all the multiple
                          postings to one thread. In this case, if you had kept it to one post
                          which simply said "replace src/configure with the one from upstream"
                          it would have been so much easier for me to fix this. Instead I
                          misunderstood what you were talking about and hence my very delayed
                          reaction. My apologies for this.

                          Anyway, I hope everything works as it should now and thanks once again.

                          Björn

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                        • gmn
                          ... Will test forthwith. BTW, you don t sound ungrateful :) ... I would certainly have done so, but not being a programmer, I didn t know that that is in fact
                          Message 12 of 18 , Jun 23, 2013
                            On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 04:13:44PM +0200, björn wrote:
                            > OK, I've restored the src/configure script from upstream now.

                            Will test forthwith.

                            BTW, you don't sound ungrateful :)

                            > In this case, if you had kept it to one post which simply said
                            > "replace src/configure with the one from upstream" it would have been
                            > so much easier for me to fix this.

                            I would certainly have done so, but not being a programmer, I didn't
                            know that that is in fact the correct solution. For all I knew, there
                            may have been a very good reason for there to be two different, meaty
                            configure scripts.

                            Therefore I tried to provide as much info as seemed relevant for
                            helping you to diagnose the problem. I apologize that it was a flood.

                            Best,

                            -gmn





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                          • Steven Michalske
                            ... This is often a problem of a sweet spot type. Sometimes you need a flood of info, others a quick note that there is a problem. A tip that s worked for me
                            Message 13 of 18 , Jun 23, 2013
                              On Jun 23, 2013, at 1:56 PM, gmn <dv1445@...> wrote:

                              > I would certainly have done so, but not being a programmer, I didn't
                              > know that that is in fact the correct solution. For all I knew, there
                              > may have been a very good reason for there to be two different, meaty
                              > configure scripts.
                              >
                              > Therefore I tried to provide as much info as seemed relevant for
                              > helping you to diagnose the problem. I apologize that it was a flood.

                              This is often a problem of a sweet spot type. Sometimes you need a flood of info, others a quick note that there is a problem. A tip that's worked for me in the past is that you put a quick and concise summary and then the flood of details after. This way the readers don't get lost and can look up particulars if needed.

                              Also, if you get a vague reply and details were spread across a thread it is helpful to send a recap email.

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                                > OK, I've restored the src/configure script from upstream now.

                                Tested and works.

                                Thanks again.

                                -gmn

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