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Re: [Groff] Tiny make patch: avoid Netpbm dependency

From: Peter Schaffter
Subject: Re: [Groff] Tiny make patch: avoid Netpbm dependency
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:51:09 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014, Ingo Schwarze wrote:
> Really?  Why would somebody ever want to build a piece of software
> without the documentation belonging to it?  Documentation is an
> integral part of software, and without the proper documentation,
> almost any software is next to useless.

If you already have a groff installation that includes
documentation, say from a distro, and want to build a local version
for testing only, building without documentation might be desirable.
> That said, wouldn't such an option further bloat the groff build
> system, for no gain at all?  If we are touching the build system,
> i'd recommend to simplify it, possibly *removing* useless options
> and complications, but not adding yet more complications...

The build system's baroque, but it does its job and is relatively
easy to maintain.  Werner's appreciation for autotools aside,
ditto ./configure.  If we touch the build system, it needs to be
for compelling reasons, and demonstrably simplify both builds and
> > Really?  Hm, i'll give that a try in the upcoming days and report
> > back.
> What?  Why would you waste your time on that?  What's the gain?

See my first para.  Let's look at the proposed patch before
dispensing with the idea out of hand.

Peter Schaffter

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