[lfs-dev] host requires texinfo

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 12:05:48 PST 2015

Igor Živković wrote:
> On 02/25/2015 07:01 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> Bryan S. wrote:
>>> 5.4. Binutils-2.25 - Pass 1 at least..
>>> Requires texinfo on host system but this is not stated in 'Host
>>> Requirements' section.
>>> My host system is Crux linux - they don't even have a port for texinfo
>>> in their main repos.
>>> I manually installed texinfo in Crux and built the rest of the book - no
>>> problems.
>>> My system: Lenovo core-i3 laptop.
>> It looks for makeinfo from texinfo 4.7 or later, but should continue on
>> even if it's not found.
>> However, I don't know that we've run into a system without makeinfo on
>> the host before.
>> I ran a test and see the message:
>> WARNING: `makeinfo' is missing on your system.  You should only need it if
>>           you modified a `.texi' or `.texinfo' file, or any other file
>>           indirectly affecting the aspect of the manual.  The spurious
>>           call might also be the consequence of using a buggy `make' (AIX,
>>           DU, IRIX).  You might want to install the `Texinfo' package or
>>           the `GNU make' package.  Grab either from any GNU archive site.
>> But there must be some sort of timestamp issue because the build does
>> indeed fail without makeinfo.
>> I'll add texinfo-4.7 to the host system requirements.
> Or you could just add MAKEINFO=true to the binutils make commands. I doubt that
> anyone actually uses info anyways but it's certainly not needed in chapter 5.

It would be needed for pass1 and pass2.  I would prefer to change host 
requirements rather than build instructions.  Besides, I already committed the 

   -- Bruce

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