install-info and LSB

Jeff Johnson jbj at redhat.com
Sat Aug 31 12:33:41 PDT 2002


On Sat, Aug 31, 2002 at 02:20:04PM -0500, Adam Heath wrote:
> On Sat, 31 Aug 2002, Jack Howarth wrote:
> 
> >     Has there ever been any discussion of the binary
> > /usr/sbin/install-info in terms of the Linux Standard
> > Base? I ask because dpkg is providing a perl based
> > version of this utility whereas all other distros
> > appear to be using binary only version. This came up
> > because the regex in perl 5.80 is buggy and breaks
> > the perl install-info for building glibc now. As a
> > workaround I rebuilt texinfo-4.2 with all of the redhat
> > install-info related patches and substituted this
> > binary only version for the one dpkg installs. While
> > this version is sufficient for building the packages
> > there does appear to be some incompatibilities related
> > to installing glibc-doc with this version of install-info.
> >     I am wondering if we aren't violating the spirit
> > if not the letter of LSB by using a non-standard version
> > of install-info. Wouldn't it be better to move install-info
> > out of dpkg, add any required additional functionality
> > to the texinfo version of install-info and push those
> > changes upstream to the texinfo maintainers? Since
> > install-info is being called at both the Makefile level
> > in builds as well as at the packager level (eg rpm or
> > dpkg) it seems that we would be much better off if the
> > install-info used by debian was uniform with what
> > everyone else is using (be it a perl or binary version).
> > Any comments?
> 
> Yes.  you're a moron.

Well that's pretty much true for anyone who posts to lsb-discuss,
including you and me. :-)

There are several issues that might be candidates for standardization:

	1) path to install-info executable
	2) arguments to install-info
	3) content, both input and output, of install-info
	4) location (or possibly configuration to specify) of output

before we have to get back to feuding and fussing about uglix.

73 de Jeff

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Jeff Johnson	ARS N3NPQ
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