Subject: Re: texinfo files & tex
To: None <>
From: Patrick Welche <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/28/1998 17:20:30
Todd Vierling wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Sep 1998, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> : > 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.
> : 
> : Then I'm confused. I thought the whole thing was that the texinfo stuff
> : NEEDED TeX, which we didn't want in the tree.
> No.  Only texindex and texi2dvi need TeX.  That's the TeX part of "texinfo".
> info, install-info, and makeinfo do not need TeX.  They are the info part of
> "texinfo".
> : If the only problem (other than adding more GPL'd programs) is that some
> : of the texinfo tools need TeX, I'd say let's include them all in /src/gnu,
> : and have the in-tree texi2dvi mention that you need TeX installed if it
> : fails to fork the TeX tools.
> Then we'll probably need to pull a concensus on this.

AFAIK when you install teTeX, you get texindex and texi2dvi, so there
is no point having them beforehand, as installing the TeX you need
to run them will also install them.