automake and etags

Roland Krause rokrau at
Fri Sep 20 18:59:03 UTC 2002

There is a way that you can build exuberant ctags with etags support.
That is if exctags is build correctly, there will be an etags
executable that is linked to exctags and exctags will behave just like

KDevelop dependency on emacs, now that is crazy!


--- Stephan Hermann <sh at> wrote:
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> Hi,
> I have a deeper question concerning automake and etags.
> Ok, here is the story:
> If you enabling ctags support in kdevelop, then kdevelop uses the 
> exuberant-ctags util, when it's there.
> But now, if you want to make a distribution file, with tags support
> enabled, 
> then automake uses etags to generate TAGS files.
> But if you don't have etags, say you don't have emacs installed ;)),
> the 
> tar.gz file process breaks.
> Why I'm asking:
> I'm using gentoo distro and I was discussing that kdevelop needs an
> "emacs" 
> dependency to work correctly.
> But the package maintainer doesn't want that kdevelop depends on
> emacs.
> after all, it's not a kdevelop issue but an automake issue.
> so, how can I avoid installing emacs/etags but not breaking the
> tar.gz 
> distribution process ?
> regards,
> \sh
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> St. Hermann, Troisdorf
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