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Re: Policy on updating info/ directory?

From: Pavel Janík
Subject: Re: Policy on updating info/ directory?
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 10:00:37 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090004 (Oort Gnus v0.04) Emacs/21.1.50 (i386-suse-linux-gnu)

   From: "Eli Zaretskii" <address@hidden>
   Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 09:50:14 +0200

Hi Eli,

   > That's true: we don't put Info files into the CVS.  make-dist
   > generates them when the distribution is tarred.

maybe I did not tell that clearly. I was talking about directory info/ and
files there, not about file info/dir there.

   > Note that we supply the DIR file in the distribution, so any changes
   > in @direntry don't have any visible effect on what the users see.  So
   > there's no real need to update anything after such a change.

This is not true. Many distributors of GNU Emacs do not use info/dir,
because install-info can take direntry from the file. Some of them even
specify direntry on the command line of install-info by hand. Some of them
generate /usr/share/info/dir automatically so they are patching each info
file to contain proper direntry. I too do not use info/dir file.

   > > We have COPYING in this directory, which is GNU GPL version 2. But files 
   > > have not checked if all or only some of them) from this directory are 
   > > GNU FDL, like emacs*. I think we should fix this immediately.
   > GFDL is part of the manual itself, as an appendix; see
   > man/doclicense.texi.  So I think this is okay.

It is part of the GNU Emacs manual. It is not part of message.texi,
gnus.texi etc. This can lead to confusion about copying conditions which is
Pavel Janík

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