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[bug #55461] User --docdir configuration ignored

From: Eric Bavier
Subject: [bug #55461] User --docdir configuration ignored
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 01:43:15 -0500 (EST)
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                 Summary: User --docdir configuration ignored
                 Project: GNU troff
            Submitted by: bavier
            Submitted on: Sun 13 Jan 2019 01:43:13 AM EST
                Category: None
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Build/Installation
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
         Planned Release: None



In the 1.22.4 release of groff, a --docdir option passed to `configure' is

This seems to be because the 'docdir' variable is set in Makefile.am:165,
which effectively overrides the substitution done by the configure script
(either of the default value as well as from the user).

Is there a particular reason for the desire to override the default value by
adding a version number, rather than leaving that to distribution packagers or
users?  If so, this may need to go to Autoconf, which doesn't seem to provide
a good way to override the default substitutions for these core variables.  It
would seem justified in this case, given that the GNU Standards for 'docdir'
say that it may include a version number.

Until the Autoconf support is fixed, I would suggest removing the override of


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