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Re: [OctDev] munge-texi problem with static library build

From: Daniel J Sebald
Subject: Re: [OctDev] munge-texi problem with static library build
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:38:27 -0500
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[I'm copying the Octave maintainers list because the problem may originate with the core Octave m-script to tex-file translator.]

On 03/15/2011 08:56 PM, Rob Frohne wrote:
Hi All,

I'm attempting to build a statically linked version of octave 3.4 on
Ubuntu 10.10 so I can move it to a network of redhat 5 machines. Just
after it builds munge-texi, I get the following complaint from running
it. Can anyone give me some advice?

make[4]: Leaving directory
./munge-texi ../.. ../../scripts/DOCSTRINGS ../../src/DOCSTRINGS <
arith.txi > arith.texi-t
invalid doc file format
make[3]: *** [arith.texi] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/frohro/Desktop/octave-3.4.0/doc'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/frohro/Desktop/octave-3.4.0'
make: *** [all] Error 2


The file in question is this one:


I used the "raw" link to download the file and compiled the tex file as follows:

address@hidden junk]$ tex arith.txi
This is TeX, Version 3.141592 (Web2C 7.5.6)
Overfull \hbox (11.37076pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 121--127
[]\tenrm @DOCSTRING(sin) @DOC-STRING(cos) @DOC-STRING(tan) @DOC-STRING(sec) @DO


! Missing $ inserted.
<inserted text>
<to be read again>
l.225 @DOCSTRING(list_

It turns out this file has three function names with underscores in them. The underscore is a special character and is the source of the error. I replaced all the "_" with "\_" and the tex file compiles.

The question is why this fails. Is DOCSTRING defined correctly? Are the underscore function names something that was recently added? Should the translator be adding a character before underscores? I'll defer to the Octave maintainers list for those answers.

You said that you configure your compilation with:


I am working again on building octave 3.4 with static libraries.  I did a

./configure --enable-static --disable-shared --disable-dh

and when I make I get

on the Makefile in src/

an error for line 9457 about a Missing Separator.

I had to go to that line and replace the five spaces with a tab. I got the hint from this page:


The Makefile was made with the automake tools, and somehow they messed up on this. I'm not really familiar with them or I'd make a suggestion on fixing it better.



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