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Re: Automake and Texinfo: clean the info or pdf file

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Automake and Texinfo: clean the info or pdf file
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:54:21 -0600
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On 08/31/2010 11:46 AM, Steffen Dettmer wrote:
On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM, Ralf Wildenhues<address@hidden>  wrote:
* YuGiOhJCJ Mailing-List wrote on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 05:41:40PM CEST:
I work on a project which use automake and include a
documentation in Texinfo format.

If I call :
$ make
The .info file is built.

In the source tree (right?).
  And it will be distributed (with 'make dist').

make default target /creates/ files in the source directory?

Yes, in the maintainer's tree.

But isn't this wrong and verified by making srcdir read-only in
`make distcheck'?

No, it is not wrong, and yes, it is verified by 'make distcheck'. Remember, the key point is that if it is distributed in the tarball, then it MUST be made in srcdir (not builddir), and although the _maintainer_ may have rules to build it, the _end user_ should not have to build it. 'make distcheck' is from the end user's perspective - did all the files get included in the tarball, and with appropriate timestamps that prevent a rebuild? A read-only srcdir works in this case, because the rules to rebuild the .info files are not run.

Wouldn't this break things (e.g. in VPATH leading to a .info in
src and builddir?)?

No - provided that it lives ONLY in the srcdir, then VPATH isn't confused. The confusion happens if you try to stick it in builddir and then distribute it.

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