Subject: Re: texinfo files & tex
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/25/1998 20:48:45
On Fri, 25 Sep 1998, Bill Studenmund wrote:

: Right. The font stuff and all the macros are just too big for random use.
: I think we should put all of the texinfo tools in tree, and ship the .info
: files. How about we hack our makeinfo (or whatever would actually call the
: tex package) so that if it fails when invoking TeX, it asks if you have
: the TeX package installed. That way the error message is direct, and only
: distribution compilers MUST have it around (and maybe then not even all of
: it).

Distribution compilers don't need TeX.  Makeinfo is a command-line
self-contained utility.

The whole schism was over whether or not to put, e.g., texi2dvi into the
tree, which requires TeX and wouldn't touch our doc.

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.