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From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: INSTALL-CVS
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 10:26:06 -0700

>>>>> Stefan Monnier writes:

>> David Masterson <address@hidden> writes:
>> |> >>>>> Richard Stallman writes:
>> |> 
>> |> > However, I guess it would be harmless now to change it so that
>> |> > top-level `make all' updates the Info files but does not generate
>> |> > the DVI files.
>> |> 
>> |> Suggestion -- have the configure script 'touch' the Info files as the
>> |> last thing it does if and only if they exist at the time of the
>> |> 'configure'.
>> This is counter-productive, because then if you rerun configure when the
>> info files are out-of-date they won't be rebuilt.

Is there a configure output file that could be checked for existence
(config.log) and don't do the 'touch' in  that case?

> Agreed.

> I think we should simply add `man' to the default target and live
> with it.  If that means that `makeinfo' is sometimes called when a
> user installs Emacs, what's the big deal ?  If the problem is that
> the user might not have a working `makeinfo', how about running it
> with a leading "-" so that an error from `makeinfo' is ignored by
> make ?

Ignoring the error in 'man' would cause 'install-man' to fail.
Perhaps configure should test for a working 'makeinfo' (if it doesn't
already) and default to (say) '/bin/true' if no working makeinfo is

David Masterson                David DOT Masterson AT synopsys DOT com
Sr. R&D Engineer               Synopsys, Inc.
Software Engineering           Sunnyvale, CA

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