Re: questions about install-info
On 7 Sep 1998, Gregory S. Stark wrote:
> Dale Scheetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > The glibc INSTALL file says:
> > On some Debian Linux based systems the `install-info' program
> > supplied with the system works differently from the one we expect.
> Yes, this is an issue, our install-info takes the same arguments as the
> install-info which comes with info, but interprets them differently. This is
> realy really bad.
> KTH Kerberos also had a problem with this, their install rules try to run
> install-info if it's available and does entirely the wrong thing on Debian
> machines. Of course in the package I can work around that, but the upstream
> developers are asking me again what they should do and I honestly have no idea
> how they should handle this situation. I'm inclined to tell them to ignore the
> "Debian problem" since it's our fault and hope we'll fix the situation
> eventually. That of course doesn't really help any users who try to build KTH
> Kerberos from the source distribution, but I can't think of any good way of
> The only solution I can imagine is to change the arguments to our install-info
> to be consistent with the GNU install-info, then do some fancy coding in
> packages to handle both cases.
Why can't dpkg distribute the GNU version of install-info? If dpkg "needs"
features that are not found there, what is to keep those features from
being added to the GNU version in a "non-distructive" fashion?
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