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Conditional install of files and warning in make dist

From: Bill Moseley
Subject: Conditional install of files and warning in make dist
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 13:51:02 -0800
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I've got a project that includes docs in perldoc format.  Those .pod
files are in cvs with the project.

We also generate an html version of the docs, but those html files are 
not part of the project in cvs.  There's external tools to generate
the html docs.

The idea is before we roll a tarball we run the program that generates
the HTML docs which places them in the source tree and then we run "make
dist".  And when the end-user runs "make install" those html docs will
be installed.

So I have two questions:

First, if someone checks out from cvs (which does not include the html
docs), I'd like them to still be able to run "make install" and maybe
install a default index.html or README saying there's not docs in that

Currently, running make will generate an error like:

  make[1]: *** No rule to make target `api.html', needed by `all-am'.  Stop.

I suppose there could be a configure option --disable-html and then set
a variable:

  AM_CONDITIONAL(BUILDDOCS, test x$docs = xyes)

But it would be nice if the existence of the html docs could be

Second, when I run make dist I'd either like to force running the
command to rebuild the html docs (which is probably best) or verify 
that every html file is up to date (which is duplicating the work of
the html generation program).

Is dist-hook the way to go?  Or will that happen too late in the
process?  Seems like that will work if I can avoid the make error


Bill Moseley

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