Documentation Dependency Tracking Bug

Joel Sherrill joel.sherrill at
Mon Feb 25 17:58:50 UTC 2013

On 2/25/2013 5:45 AM, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On 02/24/2013 06:48 PM, Joel Sherrill wrote:
>> Hi
>> I was tidying up my patches to support both Texinfo 4.x and 5.x
>> for RTEMS documentation when I noticed a bug in the Makefile's
>> and confirmed they are present without my modifications.
>> Each manual has a version.texi which is supposed to be dependent
>> on the timestamp of that manual's main file.  So the C User's Guide
>> is dependent on touching c_user.texi to update version.texi.
> Not quite - This would be a pretty broken design ;-)
> Instead, automake keeps timestamps as text inside of separate files,
> named stamp-vti, which are not automatically updated, but supposed to be
> manually updated by the "package maintainer".
> I.e. to update the timestamp files, the package maintainer is supposed
> to do the following:
> mkdir BUILDDIR
> <path-to-rtems>/configure --enable-maintainer-mode --enable-docs
> cd doc/<subdir>
> make maintainer-clean-vti
> make stamp-vti
> Note: maintainer-clean-vti and stamp-vti are non-recursive and are only
> available in maintainer-mode.
OK. This works.  Thanks.

But it only works if you configure from the top of the tree.
Building the doc using "..../doc/configure" has always worked fine. But
if you use .../doc/configure, the commands in the stanza are commented
out even with --enable-maintainer-mode and --enable-docs.

You don't have to configure the documentation from the top of the tree
except to regenerate the version.texi files. All of the documented 
for generating documentation I am aware of configure using "doc/configure".

Any idea why that doesn't let you regenerate the version.texi?
> Sounds more complicated than it actually is.
>    Simply consider that automake and the GNU Standards consider *.texis
> as "package maintainer maintained" sources, which ordinary users are not
> supposed to touch.
> Ralf
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cd doc

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