Re: Intention to re-write /usr/sbin/install-info
>>"Raul" == Raul Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Raul> Then make fix the alien interface so it uses the gnu interface.
This might be possible if the two install-info programs were
really doing similar tasks with different interfaces,
unfortunately, they seem to be different programs with the same
The GNU install-info instslls info files in the correct info
directory; it makes no effort to update the dir file.
The Debian install info does not install info files in the
correct directory -- this is already done by the normal packaging
process. All it does is edit the dir file in the info directory.
Raul> Also, deal with the interface problem so both interfaces can be
Raul> cleanly used on the same system (without having to hack
Raul> $PATH). It's possible to do this by providing a dinstall-info
Raul> and a ginstall-info, but I'd be happier with a --debian and a
Raul> --gnu option.
I think that since the two programs have non-interlapping
functions, we should not try to provide a common front end.
As Ian indicated, we should create a /var/lib/dinfo/
directory, where people upload files which are snippets of dir files,
update-dinfo should be called to parse package provided snippets in
/var/lib/dinfo, and, if valid, recreate the dir file. This should
reduce the risk of corruption of the dir file.
Raul> Once this is done, maybe submit a patch for automake that tries
Raul> to use the --gnu option before trying without that option.
No, IMHO we should leave the GNU install-info alone, no patch
to automake (anyway, automake already handles the non-interoperability
by looking for and avoiding Debian install-info).
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