install-info and LSB

Jeff Johnson jbj at
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

Jeff Johnson	ARS N3NPQ
jbj at (jbj at
Chapel Hill, NC

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