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Re: automake/335: Multi-language man pages

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: automake/335: Multi-language man pages
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 19:55:53 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.090008 (Oort Gnus v0.08) Emacs/21.2 (i386-debian-linux-gnu)

>>> "Josef" == Josef Spillner <address@hidden> writes:

 Josef> What is the right way to install man pages with
 Josef> languages different from C (default)?

Automake sucks in this area.
FWIW, the feature request about this is PR/335 in the Gnats database.

 Josef> Back in December 2000, someone complained that foo.xx.1
 Josef> was installed as xx/man1/foo.1 instead of
 Josef> man1/foo.xx.1. So I guess extracting the language code
 Josef> from the name (it could also be foo.1.xx) will be a
 Josef> hairy task, although it would be easy for automake users
 Josef> (i.e. simply add all man pages to the list, they'll end
 Josef> up in the right directory).

Is there a consensus about how to name these files?  
The first message in PR/335 mentions `pt_BR-parted.8'.

 Josef> Second way would be to allow paths for man pages,
 Josef> similar to DATA, e.g.:

 Josef> manfrdir = $(mandir)/fr
 Josef> manfr_MANS =

 Josef> This would already require more complex's,
 Josef> but at least would be of more use than the current
 Josef> behaviour in this situation (to do nothing).

This still requires a convention for naming files (so the
installation routine can strip `.fr' without damage).
Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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