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

From: Patrice Dumas
Subject: Re: [PATCH] build: Add --disable-man-pages option
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:47:04 +0100
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On Mon, Jan 09, 2012 at 02:25:32PM -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.

I hope that if there is no .info and no makeinfo either help2man is
nevertheless built, but without info documentation?  Or is it a mandatory

> As for texinfo, it doesn't exactly require help2man, either.  The man
> pages are included in the distribution, again to avoid the dependency.

In my opinon, if help2man is missing and building from CVS sources, there
should still be something functional built, but without man pages.
So I think that we really care about that possibility.  But I just tested
it and it works perfectly with the 'missing' trick.  So I don't really see
the need for a configure option, but because a CVS checkout already does
something sensible without help2man, not because the man pages are in the


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