[libvirt-dbus PATCH 8/9] meson: Install documentation

Andrea Bolognani abologna at redhat.com
Mon Apr 27 14:54:33 UTC 2020

On Mon, 2020-04-27 at 15:30 +0100, Daniel P. Berrangé wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 04:16:57PM +0200, Andrea Bolognani wrote:
> > On Mon, 2020-04-27 at 15:38 +0200, Pavel Hrdina wrote:
> > > I've checked systemd and they are installing these files using meson but
> > > GLib for example is not installing them.
> > > 
> > > After checking other libvirt projects we are not installing this files
> > > using autotools or other build systems.
> > 
> > I can bring up another counter-example that's close to us: QEMU
> > installs these files, along with a bunch of other documentation.
> QEMU isn't a good example of best practice as it is a completely
> custom written set of build system rules.

The fact that it accomplishes something using a custom set of tools
doesn't automatically make the result not a good idea.

> > The packaging for both Fedora and Debian go out of their way to
> > include them, and at least for the latter it's strongly recommended
> > by policy to include NEWS while including COPYING is mandatory.
> > Clearly both projects consider this information important to users,
> > and I don't see any disadvantage in installing them even for people
> > who build from sources directly instead of using a package, only
> > advantages really.
> I think these are different situations though. Distro vendors include
> the files because the end users don't have any direct visibility of
> the source tarball. So the only way users would see the files is if
> the binary packages included them. I don't think that extends to
> building from source in general & don't see a need for us to do this
> specially in the libvirt-dbus module, or indeed our other modules
> in general.

The fact that something is not strictly needed doesn't automatically
make it not worth pursuing.

Anyway, I don't care enough about this to keep the discussion going
any further, so I'm just going to go ahead and revert the change.

Can we have a libvirt-dbus release now? :)

Andrea Bolognani / Red Hat / Virtualization

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