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Re: macro expansion in makeinfo

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: macro expansion in makeinfo
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 11:33:07 +0300

> From: Vladimir Volovich <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 23:24:58 +0400
> it's not me who was using this - i tried to make PDF from autoconf
> manual (autoconf.texi) using texi2pdf, and without the hack i used to
> expand macros in @defmac, it did not work. :)

I don't know what is texi2pdf.  Can't you use "texi2dvi --pdf" instead?

Anyway, the problem is that macros shouldn't be used inside @defmac
at all.  It's not specific to texi2pdf.

> so as you write that "All the @def... commands are implemented as a
> gross hack" - why not make macros expand everywhere (including @defmac
> - as they do outside @defmac)

Because makeinfo will fail with 100% probability if we expand macros
in @defmac: the unescaped {} braces will cause the reader loop to

Can you explain the actual reason for using that macro in @defmac?  If
I understand the reason, I might be able to suggest a work-around.

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