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Re: [Bug-ed] [PATCH] makefile: install man by default and use symlinks

From: Mike Frysinger
Subject: Re: [Bug-ed] [PATCH] makefile: install man by default and use symlinks
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:52:57 -0500
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On Thursday 01 January 2009 08:48:08 Antonio Diaz Diaz wrote:
> Mike Frysinger wrote:
> > On Wednesday 31 December 2008 18:38:30 Karl Berry wrote:
> >>    install man by default
> >>
> >>I don't see a reason not to, although it's up to Antonio.
> I find it strange to install by default a secondary item
> (http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Man-Pages.html), but I have
> no problem doing it if users really find it more convenient.

automake based packages install all man/info pages by default.  there is no 
additional flag to make this happen.

> >>    Use softlinks rather than hardlinks in the install steps.
> The GNU Coding Standards don't agree
> (http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Utilities-in-Makefiles.html):
> "It is a good idea to avoid creating symbolic links in makefiles, since
> a few file systems don't support them".
> But again I have no problem doing it if the few file systems don't
> supporting them are of little relevance (proprietary, old, etc).

the only thing that comes to mind is windows (but it doesnt support hard links 
either).  and this is why autoconf sets up LN_S variables: if the target 
system doesnt support softlinks, it turns into a copy.

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