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Re: texinfo version required by automake 1.9?

From: Richard Dawe
Subject: Re: texinfo version required by automake 1.9?
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 21:13:52 +0100
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Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
"Ralf" == Ralf Corsepius <address@hidden> writes:


 Ralf> Why doesn't automake check for the minimum required version, rsp. a
 Ralf> functional texinfo implementation? IMO, it should.

The current version requirements I'm aware of are as follows.
* The `html' rule (output since Automake 1.8) requires Texinfo 4.0 or higher. * Support for .info files in sub-directories (since Automake
  1.7) requires Texinfo 4.1 or higher.

  * Additional requirements can come from the .texi contents.
  For instance the @copying directive appeared in Texinfo 4.2, etc.

Except these cases, I believe older versions should work fine.

The `html' rule is not part of the normal build process; it is
only run by users who want html documentation.  So we shouldn't
require a minimum version for everybody.

There's a bug in texinfo 4.5, when generating HTML files. Say your automake CVS check-out is in a directory called "automake". If you do "makeinfo --html automake.texi" it will put all the HTML files in the current directory, rather than in a subdirectory. If your check-out is called, say, "automake.head" or something else != "automake", then the HTML files will be correctly put into a subdirectory.

So I'd recommend texinfo 4.6 or later. I believe Karl Berry fixed it for 4.6 (it was certainly post-4.5).

Bye, Rich =]

Richard Dawe [ http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~phekda/richdawe/ ]

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