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Subject: Re: Texinfo Failure was: stable release: 1.5.2 fails to build
From: Chuck Mead <csm,AT,MoonGroup,DOT,com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 01:19:44 +0100
In-reply-to: <E16e1k1-0002k4-00@bigred.inka.de>

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Well I don't really have a preference so long as you remove it from the
make file if you're not going to include the required file... :-).

On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, Olaf Titz posted the following:

OT>> I'm not quite sure of the advantage of breaking out a 75K texinfo file,
OT>> but perhaps the author has something in mind for the next release.
OT>
OT>This was one of those decisions which are not that easy, as either way
OT>you do something wrong. The most correct way of dealing with this is
OT>to just include the .texinfo file in the package. However, this
OT>includes another dependency in the toolchain - everyone who builds the
OT>package has to have makeinfo installed just for the docs. And this is
OT>not something which could be regarded as optional, IMHO.
OT>
OT>On the other hand, redundantly including any auto-generated file along
OT>with its source (i.e. including the .texinfo and the .info) in the
OT>package is something I try to avoid whenever possible, for aesthetical
OT>and efficiency reasons. [1] (What I really hate is when people
OT>either include the .dvi _and_ .ps _and_ .pdf versions along with .info
OT>and .texinfo, or write Makefiles which force generating all those
OT>versions when you just want to compile the program, and perhaps even
OT>fail on the print formats when the proper tool is missing.)
OT>
OT>Olaf
OT>
OT>[1] One exception I've already made in another project is gperf
OT>output. This is a tool which is by all measures too exotic to require.
OT>
OT>
OT>

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csm

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