Re: [ANNOUNCE] Guilt v0.31

From: Junio C Hamano
Date: Mon Sep 08 2008 - 15:18:19 EST

"Bert Wesarg" <bert.wesarg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> I must admit, that I don't like these extra tarballs with docs. I
> always expect, that the manpages are nicely installed if I type 'make
> install' (or at least with a install-doc target). But I need to
> download this extra package, and extract it to the right place, there
> is no Makefile whatsoever. In case of git its really annoying, because
> the help mechanism is relying on the manpages (i.e. git help <cmd> or
> git <cmd> --help, but you know this).

There is no need to feel "it[']s really annoying", as install-doc from the
tarball distribution works out of the box.

I used in the demonstration below, but this is nothing new in that
version but has been like this for quite some time (it is how sample RPMs
binary packages are built, so the procedure ought to work):

$ ls -1 /usr/bin/git ;# to show there is no other "git" on this box
ls: /usr/bin/git: No such file or directory
$ mkdir /var/tmp/16
$ cd /var/tmp/16
$ wget
$ tar xf git-
$ cd git-
$ make prefix=/var/tmp/16test install install-doc
$ PATH=/var/tmp/16test/bin:/usr/bin:/bin
$ export PATH
$ unset MANPATH
$ git help cat-file | cat -s | tail -n 8
Reformatting git-cat-file(1), please wait...
Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list

Part of the git(1) suite

Git 09/08/2008 GIT-CAT-FILE(1)

The extra tarballs for documentation are also given as courtesy because
they are supposed to be platform independent and some people do not want
to generate them themselves (even though they could).

Either be thankful for the availability of tarballs, or ignore them and
generate them yourself --- it's your choice.
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