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[help-texinfo] Version 5.X versus 4.13 and the netperf manual

From: Rick Jones
Subject: [help-texinfo] Version 5.X versus 4.13 and the netperf manual
Date: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:16:25 -0700
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:17.0) Gecko/20130329 Thunderbird/17.0.5

Hi -

I have been told that the netperf.texi file for the netperf manual ( will successfully convert to DVI when using version 5.X of texi2dvi, but not when using version 4.13. I have been told this by some folks on the automake mailing list.

4.13 is the version I happen to have on my development box (Ubuntu 12.04 distro), and I think that something other than 5.X is what the Debian package maintainer for netperf has. He has asked that I disable generation of .ps files to simplify the diffs between netperf upstream and Debian. That is why I was starting at the automake mailing list - looking to see if there was a way to get automake to not automagically generate the .ps instructions. (There neither is, nor will there be a way to...)

I suppose one path forward is just say "you must have texi2dvi from 5.x", but I am wondering if there might be something I could do with netperf.texi to allow the pre 5.X texi2dvi to work with it successfully?

thanks and happy benchmarking,

rick jones
--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: Is there a way to tell automake to not include rules for building .ps files from a .texi? Date: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:03:38 -0700 User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:17.0) Gecko/20130329 Thunderbird/17.0.5
On 05/01/2013 01:39 PM, Stefano Lattarini wrote:
On 05/01/2013 08:53 PM, Rick Jones wrote:
Anyway, what I have is whatever Ubuntu provides in 12.04:

address@hidden:~$ automake --version
automake (GNU automake) 1.11.3

address@hidden:~$ texi2dvi --version
texi2dvi (GNU Texinfo 4.13) 1.135

So this isn't a "bad versions of tools" issue.

Anyway, I can reproduce the failure with the vanilla tarball:

With that, "make dvi" fails for me.  But so does this simple command:

   $ cd doc && TEXINPUTS=".:$TEXINPUTS" /usr/bin/texi2dvi netperf.texi

which shows the issue has nothing to do with Automake.  In fact, the above
works if I use Texinfo 5.x instead of Texinfo 4.13!

So, having estabilished Automake is not the guilty party, I'll let you
chase the issue from ere on.  Good luck ;-)

To the texinfo mailing list I go then :)


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