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Re: texi2dvi: (easy) request to make errorstopmode an option

From: Marius Hofert
Subject: Re: texi2dvi: (easy) request to make errorstopmode an option
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2020 17:11:43 +0000

Hi Gavin,

thanks for your quick reply. 

Why this should happen: see https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/574128/how-to-get-texi2pdf-to-stop-on-the-first-error-again/574138?noredirect=1#comment1446291_574138 for how this came up.

When it should happen and name of option: When an option is provided. I believe it used to be the default to stop on first error (see also the above post), but changing the default is most likely to intrusive. But at least having the option to stop on the first error would be great, so one could say it should happen once a new option (e.g., --stop-on-error or --stop-on-first-error) is provided.

For auxiliary files that do not exist: I'd also say that texi2dvi should stop immediately then (it's a hard stop on the first kind of more drastic 'error' which I feel a non-existing auxiliary file should be counted as), but there could be finer control over it (if documented correctly there should be no problem). 

Thanks & cheers,

From: Gavin Smith <gavinsmith0123@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:47
To: Marius Hofert <marius.hofert@uwaterloo.ca>
Cc: bug-texinfo@gnu.org <bug-texinfo@gnu.org>
Subject: Re: texi2dvi: (easy) request to make errorstopmode an option
On Wed, Dec 09, 2020 at 02:18:12PM +0000, Marius Hofert wrote:
> Hi,
> It would be very helpful if texi2dvi would allow for an option to stop on the first error. All this requires is to be able to switch ${escape}nonstopmode in https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/texi2dvi  to ${escape}errorstopmode
> Thanks & cheers,
> M

It would be easy to change nonstopmode to errorstopmode where it
occurs but harder to understand why this should happen and when it
should happen.  Should it be changed unconditionally or should there
be an option for this?  If there is an option what should the option be
called?  Does this affect reading auxiliary files which may not exist?

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