On Sat, 13 Mar 2010, Paul Johnson wrote:
I am a Linux packager for RPM and DEB based systems and I also teach
statistics. I stopped in to your web page to experiment with gretl.
I became curious to know why the gretl packages for Ubuntu/Debian
lagging behind the times. The repositories seem stalled at 1.8.1 and I
got interested in building an up-to-date deb for gretl-1.8.7. I
adapted Dirk Eddelbuettel's debian setup from the gretl-1.8.1 package
build, but the package build failed when it got to the installation of
a script called gretl-config. In gretl-1.8.1, I find there is a
gretl-config that is generated by the configure script and the debian
package libgretl1-dev includes it. But in 1.8.7, the configure script
no longer generates gretl-config.
gretl-config has been abandoned in favor of using pkg-config. We
generate and install gretl.pc for pkg-config.
It is a bit confusing trying to track the changes through
through 1.8.7. The gretl Changelog does not mention it. In 1.8.7,
there are still some (vestitgial?) references to gretl-config in
Makefile.in and gretl.m4. But no gretl-config.in exists.
Thanks for spotting those "vestiges"; they are now removed in CVS.
I compared the RPMs for these versions of gretl and they do include
the manpage for gretl-config, but they do not include gretl-config
itself(!?!?). Unlike the debian packaging, I don't find a gretl-devel
I'm not sure how the gretl-config manpage managed to get in there,
but we'll get rid of it for the next release.