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Re: Missing info and dangling references on manual page "Preparing for T

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Missing info and dangling references on manual page "Preparing for TeX"
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:41:53 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

Hello, Gavin.

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 13:33:53 +0100, Gavin Smith wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 09:57:15PM +0000, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> > Hello, Texinfo.
> > 
> > I'm reading the Texinfo manual version from version 6.6 (16th February
> > 2019).
> > 
> > 1/- On page "Preparing for Texinfo", We have:
> > 
> >     TeX needs to know where to find the 'texinfo.tex' file that the
> >     '\input texinfo' command on the first line reads.
> > 
> > There is then an absence of any direction on how to give TeX this
> > information.  The paragraph continues with unrelated information.  This
> > is disconcerting.

> Thanks for the report; I agree it is confusing.

> I have done some editing in commit b6e4b84.

Many thanks!

> > 3/- (A bit lower down still):
> > 
> >     If neither of the above locations for these system files suffice,
> >     you can specify the directories explicitly.
> > 
> > There are no "above locations" in this page that I can see.  Is this a
> > hangover from some reorganisation of the page which removed these "above
> > locations"?

> In old Texinfo releases (before 6.0) I found this text was present:

> Usually, the installer has put the @file{texinfo.tex} file in the
> default directory that contains @TeX{} macros when GNU Texinfo, Emacs or
> other GNU software is installed.  In this case, @TeX{} will find the
> file and you do not need to do anything special.  If this has not been
> done, you can put @file{texinfo.tex} in the current directory when you
> run @TeX{}, and @TeX{} will find it there.

> Even with that text, it wasn't very clear.

> I tracked it down to (what is now) revision 95f1ebadc, which was a 
> general edit of this part of the manual.

Ancient history is often fascinating!  I'll look forward to reading the
amended page at the next release of Texinfo.

Thanks again!

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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