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Re: [PATCH] build: Add --disable-man-pages option

From: Colin Walters
Subject: Re: [PATCH] build: Add --disable-man-pages option
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:10:00 -0500

On Mon, 2012-01-09 at 14:25 -0800, Karl Berry wrote:
> There's a circular build dependency between texinfo and help2man
> Sorry, I don't see the circle.  help2man should not require texinfo in
> order to be installed -- it comes with help2man.info (like all GNU
> packages are supposed to), precisely to avoid that dependency.
> As for texinfo, it doesn't exactly require help2man, either.  The man
> pages are included in the distribution, again to avoid the dependency.

My build system does not support building from tarballs - I want to
review source code changes going into the operating system.  So rather
than rely on diffs of tarballs, version control makes sense.

Also for storing source code corresponding to the binaries I build (as
is required by the GPL) a series of tarballs is just significantly less
efficient than using version control.

I actually created a mirror of texinfo CVS into git for this purpose,
since honestly it's 2012 and CVS is just really, really bad...

So basically - I don't want tarballs, can you please consider the
configure option?  Thanks!

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