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Re: Separate compilation: Circumventing the speed hit of Texinfo-5

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Separate compilation: Circumventing the speed hit of Texinfo-5
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:31:12 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> I don't see a problem with your sticking with texinfo 4 if it suits.

As a general rule, that's not really an option.

> Of course many people hate Texinfo and always will, but Emacs was the
> original GNU package.  It would be sad in the extreme if you abandoned
> Texinfo as the source format for the documentation.

I'm more interested in solving the problem, indeed.

> Incremental compilation: that would be nice.

I need more than that.

> What comes to mind is to somehow dump the processed tree for an
> included file.

If it makes it easier, I think we could settle for something along the
lines of LaTeX's \includeonly, maybe.  E.g. keep enough data about the
non-recompiled files to generate the new text correctly, but not to
generate the complete text.

Or maybe output one .info file per input .texi file.

> Then subsequent runs can read the dump instead of
> redoing everything.  There would be many complications, of course.

It's more important to have a solution soon than to have a perfect solution.


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