Re: Intention to re-write /usr/sbin/install-info
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> a) The number of people who need to install GNU packages on their own
> is a minority of the users of Debian (I do not have any non-Debian
> GNU stuff at the moment)
> b) Most GNU software is already in Debian.
> So, to make things a trigle easier for a minority of the
> people, we are risking destabilizing the distribution?
The check for Debian's install-info is made in _EVERY_ Makefile
generated by a recent GNU `automake' (I originally mentioned only Cygnus
Sun May 4 15:21:22 1997 Tom Tromey <email@example.com>
* texinfos.am (install-info): Avoid the Debian install-info.
Since `automake' "handles" the problem, a lot of GNU packages actually
don't face a problem. But, users face the problem that their `dir' file
isn't (mysteriously) updated on Debian systems.
Also, `install-info' is a relatively new GNU tool, which may not be
widely used in GNU utils _not_ using `automake'.
Since the problem isn't as bad as originally thought, we could just
I would, however, like a fix. Maybe by passing the buck to
FSFfirstname.lastname@example.org, asking them to change the interface of
`install-info'. Maybe by fixing Debian's install-info. Maybe both.
Raja R Harinath ------------------------------ email@example.com
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