cameron at stl.dec.com
Mon May 21 02:06:17 EDT 2001
"James K. Lowden" wrote:
> This idea leads me to another question: what should the make file do
> vis-a-vis userguide.sgml? Nothing? Use OpenJade (creates a
> dependency) and generate the html?
configure should sense OpenJade is not present and decline to prepare
the HTML format. Those who grab the source from CVS should be expected
to prepare a good build environment. Have a file in CVS that lists the
development tools required; e.g. gcc, autoconf, automake, OpenJade.
> Or, should the html be included in CVS, such that "make install"
> plunks the html in, say, /usr/doc/freetds? That's what a lot of
> packages do, perl for one.
I think the HTML should be included in .tar.gz distribution but not in
CVS. This creates a dependency for the person doing the .tar.gz but
avoids having non-source files in CVS. Some projects refuse to have a
configure in CVS, since it is generated from configure.in. This means
the "make dist" rule needs to be adjusted to run autoconf, perhaps.
> If userguide.sgml were in the source tree, people could send patches.
If it weren't there they couldn't send patches.
> I have a sense this little essay is going to get me involved in
> automake & Co. Thanks a bunch, James Cameron.
James Cameron (cameron at stl.dec.com)
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