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bug#28574: cross compilnng, man pages

From: Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo
Subject: bug#28574: cross compilnng, man pages
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2017 22:51:37 +0200

Hi Pádraig,

2017-10-01 5:56 GMT+02:00 Pádraig Brady <address@hidden>:
> On 23/09/17 20:18, Peter Bohning wrote:
>> Cross compiling for aarch64 from amd64
>> Is there no way to disable the man pages in configure options?  Thanks.
>> https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/coreutils/2014-11/msg00000.html
> I've seen this issue in various places now (CC'd).
> We should probably reinstate distribution of man pages
> since these generated pages are so similar on various systems.
> Also given the amount of old ChangeLogs removed recently
> I don't think the addition of 273K (uncompressed) is prohibitive.
> The attached was tested in these modes:
>  git repo build
>  tarball build with/without help2man
>  tarball vpath build with/without help2man
>  make distcheck
>  make install  (and ensure only enabled program man pages installed)
> I've not applied this yet, but hope to soon after a bit more testing.

Thanks for taking a look into this, I think that it's a good idea.

In the case that somehow help2man can still end up being used after
applying this, I think that Eleanor's patch (or an equivalent) is
still worth considering, because ultimately when cross-building one
cannot invoke the binaries in the general case.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <address@hidden>

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