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Re: Make @ovar and @dvar usable outside @defmac

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Make @ovar and @dvar usable outside @defmac
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 20:56:11 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

Hi Eric, and welcome back from what I hope was a good time!

* Eric Blake wrote on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 05:03:52PM CEST:
> Ralf Wildenhues <Ralf.Wildenhues <at>> writes:
> > 
> > Within @defmac lines, there is no problem with additional whitespace:
> > makeinfo removes that.  However, @ovar and @dvar are useful outside
> > @defmac lines, too,

> Thanks; I'll have to update m4's manual, which borrowed these macros from 
> autoconf.  Are these two macros useful enough to propose adding them as 
> texinfo 
> primitives on the bug-texinfo list, so we don't have to copy-n-paste it to 
> all 
> manuals where they are useful?

Not sure.  One general problem with introducing new primitives is
that they currently require incompatible changes to the .texi files,
i.e., it should be possible to override builtins with @macro's.
This issue is a bug that should be reported.  Autoconf should not
have to require the most recent texinfo out there.

Other than that, those macros are probably useful, iff texinfo really
has no problem (other than the one I fixed) with them outside @defmac


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