[Icecast-dev] libshout includedir change

Brendan Cully brendan at xiph.org
Wed May 17 11:06:36 PDT 2006

On Wednesday, 17 May 2006 at 09:34, Thomas Vander Stichele wrote:
> > Karl just pointed out to me that libshout is now installing its header
> > in $prefix/include/shout.h instead of $prefix/include/shout/shout.h.
> (Sorry for not replying directly, I'm not on the list and I can't figure out if
> gmane allows me to reply to a mail.)
> It's probably best to try and contact the committer first - It's possible few
> other people understand or care enough about the build.

The original email had thomasvs at xiph.org on the To: list. You should
probably arrange to pick up mail from that address.

> That would be very surprising, I think this isn't true.  Could you show me a
> make install log that installs in that dir, and not a subdir like it's intending
> to ?

% sudo make install
Making install in include
Making install in shout
make[3]: Nothing to be done for `install-exec-am'.
test -z "/usr/local/include" || /Users/brendan/dev/libshout/install-sh
-d "/usr/local/include"
 /usr/bin/install -c -m 644 'shout.h' '/usr/local/include/shout.h'

this is with automake 1.9.6 on OS X. I get the same results on Ubuntu
5.10. I don't actually have access to a system where make install
works properly.

> The original line, includedir = $(prefix)/include/shout is wrong. "includedir"
> is an autotools variable that you're not meant to override from inside the build
> - it's meant to be overridden as an argument to configure or make.  This is
> important, because overriding includedir is exactly what package build systems
> do.  The end result is then that all package builds that override includedir in
> a correct way for integration with their system, end up installing shout.h
> exactly in the includedir they gave, and not in a subdirectory of its own.
> There are other reasons why someone would want to override the standard
> variables like includedir, but this is an important one.

Typically they set DESTDIR or prefix. Overriding includedir seems
odd. Unless this is gentoo we're discussing, where anything goes. Can
you point to the documentation about which variables should not be
overridden in Makefile.ams?

Assuming you're correct, I believe you also need to do this:

% svn diff
Index: Makefile.am
--- Makefile.am (revision 11409)
+++ Makefile.am (working copy)
@@ -3,4 +3,4 @@
 pkgincludedir = $(includedir)/shout
-nodist_include_HEADERS = shout.h
+nodist_pkginclude_HEADERS = shout.h

I'm a bit surprised that you've gotten correct header installation
without this (and without overriding includedir).

> If any of this is unclear, let me know.  If there is an actual install problem,
> I would like to see it so I can fix it.  But I'd recommend not reverting the
> patch, because the original behaviour is wrong and in a lot of cases has exactly
> the bug you mentioned.

I'll commit the above fix.

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