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[bug #52443] mdoc macros are too hard to test in-tree

From: G. Branden Robinson
Subject: [bug #52443] mdoc macros are too hard to test in-tree
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:38:00 -0500 (EST)
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                 Summary: mdoc macros are too hard to test in-tree
                 Project: GNU troff
            Submitted by: gbranden
            Submitted on: Sun 19 Nov 2017 03:37:59 AM UTC
                Category: Macro - mdoc
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Build/Installation
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
         Planned Release: None



tmac/doc.tmac-u says the following:

  64 .\" Load start-up files
  65 .ie t \
  66 .  mso mdoc/doc-ditroff
  67 .el \
  68 .  mso mdoc/doc-nroff
  69 .
  70 .mso mdoc/doc-common
  71 .mso mdoc/doc-syms

...but these references don't resolve even after the tree is built.  They only
work after installation somewhere else.  Even test-groff(.in), which sets
GROFF_TMAC_PATH, is no help because these msos demand a directory called

A workaround would be for the build process to make a symlink in tmac called
mdoc which points back to ".", and have the clean rule get rid of that

Any better ideas?

If not, I'll see if I can figure out how to persuade Automake to do what I


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