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Re: makeinfo 4.7

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: makeinfo 4.7
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 01:59:08 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.110004 (No Gnus v0.4) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> Just like we prefer that users upgrade to the latest version of emacs
>> (to avoid spending time on bug reports for older versions), I'm sure
>> the maintainers of makeinfo also prefer people to use the latest
>> version.
>> So why should emacs (of all projects) not use an up-to-date version of
>> makeinfo?  I don't see the problem at all.

Just today these new Texinfo directives caused trouble for me.
I successfully compiled CVS Emacs on quite an old GNU/Linux server
(Red Hat 9.0).  But there were only two errors in the whole build process:
in two Info files cc-mode.texi and rcirc.texi, since the version of Texinfo
on this server is 4.3:

makeinfo --force cc-mode.texi
cc-mode.texi:1628: Unknown command `headitem'.
cc-mode.texi:1661: Unknown command `headitem'.
make[1]: *** [../info/ccmode] Error 2

makeinfo --force rcirc.texi
rcirc.texi:122: Unknown command `indicateurl'.
rcirc.texi:122: Misplaced {.
rcirc.texi:122: Misplaced }.
rcirc.texi:428: Unknown command `indicateurl'.
rcirc.texi:428: Misplaced {.
rcirc.texi:428: Misplaced }.
make[1]: *** [../info/rcirc] Error 2

Due to these errors I was unable to consult the Info documentation from
the rest of Info files that should be created after the compilation that
was interrupted by makeinfo errors.  And I had no time/need to update
Texinfo on this server.

Please change back these two directives to backward-compatible ones.

Juri Linkov

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