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bug#9512: TEXINFOS primary and nodist_ (was: Re: makeinfo in VPATH build

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: bug#9512: TEXINFOS primary and nodist_ (was: Re: makeinfo in VPATH builds fails)
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:34:23 +0200
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Submitter: Sebastian Freundt <address@hidden>




On Thursday 15 September 2011, Sebastian Freundt wrote:

> Stefano Lattarini <address@hidden> writes:


> > The main point is that if you're distributing you `.info' files, you should

> > ensure that they are *not* rebuilt when building from a distribution tarball

> > (as that would wreak havoce with at least FreeBSD make). OTOH, if you *want*

> > them to be rebuilt, you should *not* distribute them, and *also* add them to

> > CLEANFILES; in this case automake will build them in the buiilddir (if it

> > doesn't, than that's a bug we should fix ASAP).

> >

> > I've marked this bug closed as "wontfix", but feel free to continue the

> > discussion here if you have further doubts to clarify or ideas to contribute.



> Hi Stefano,


> I've followed your suggestions, and prefixed the TEXINFOS with `nodist_'

> and added them to CLEANFILES, however the .info file is now neither built

> nor installed (even upon make install-info).


Hmpf, yes, this is another limitation/incompatibility of the TEXINFOS

primary; the only ways TEXINFOS can by used are:

# Will cause generation of foo.info, foo.pdf, etc.

info_TEXINFOS = foo.texi

# Will declare that these files ae required when building `foo.texi'

foo_TEXINFOS = bar.texi baz.texi

So, when automake sees nodist_TEXINFOS, it thinks that it just lists extra

`.texi' files required by `nodist.texi' ... And it doesn't even warn that

`nodist.texi' is not really used anywhere!

There is already a bug report about this situation:


but I had forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me!


> In my case the .info files should be rebuilt and not distributed as they

> contain partially auto-generated content.


OK. Maybe you might use a dist-hook to remove the `.info' files not

intended for distribution from the distdir, just before the distribution

tarball is created. See:


> Another bug report?


Good idea. I've already opened it (hopefully in your name, otherwise I'll

fix that later).

> Cheers

> Sebastian




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