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[bug-inetutils] Re: man pages

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: [bug-inetutils] Re: man pages
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 11:58:23 +0100
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"Alfred M. Szmidt" <address@hidden> writes:

>    > help2man: can't get `--help' info from tmp/talk
>    > make[2]: *** [talk.1] Error 1
>    >
>    > (From http://hydra.nixos.org/build/175727/log/raw .)
>    Thanks!  I love continuous builds.  This is the reason:
>    configure: WARNING: curses is not available, so not building talk
> Not entierly, the tarball should have contained the man page.  A
> normal user should not need to have help2man installed to get the man
> pages, just like we do not require texinfo for the offical
> documentation.


>    There should be some logic to not build man pages when a tool is
>    not enabled.
> There is no real benefit in that, since man pages will never be built
> by users.  It will only lead to problems for us, so I dislike this
> approach.  Man pages should be generated for all tools at build
> without an execption.

Oops, I pushed something too fast.  I think there are two distinct

1) Man pages for tools that are disabled should not be installed by
'make install'.

2) Developers need to have all tools enabled when building from version
controlled sources, to make sure that all man pages are built.

My patch did a bit too much: the #1 problem needs to be fixed (and the
approach I used will work for that), but my patch relaxed the
requirement in #2 which was a bad idea.

I'll rework the patch.


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