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0005138GNUnetbuild processpublic2019-02-28 11:17
Reporternikita Assigned Tonikita  
PrioritynormalSeverityfeatureReproducibilityhave not tried
Status closedResolutionfixed 
Target Version0.11.0Fixed in Version0.11.0 
Summary0005138: decide on the minimal required Texinfo version
DescriptionSomeone using Debian 8 reported they are using texlive 5.2.
Now texinfo-5.2 has a release date of 2013-09-26 19:17.
GNU Guix and GuixSD uses Texinfo 6.5 (which is what I've been using to build the documentation). Gentoo, another reported problem system, has marked texinfo-6.3 as stable, 6.4 + 6.5 are still "unstable" in their dictionary. 6.3 was released on 2016-09-10 16:31.
I think it's unreasonable to demand support for a software released in 2013 with 1 major release number increase between then and now. However we also need to consider universal support.

I can build with 4.13a, 5.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 6.5 on my system, but we need to set a minimal requirement.
(--Ideally this is achieved with votes of people (packagers / package contributors to operating systems) on the minimal versions.--)

We also need Texlive, which is currently just assuming the full distribution of Texlive and on my end in version "2017".
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2017-09-25 10:48

developer   ~0012434

I forgot that we already have 'Texlive >= 2012' for gnunet-bcd. Wheezy Debian (oldstable) is still on some 2012 version of Texlive. Personally I think encouraging to keep very old software versions around is not very good use, but I'll try to check the documentation building against Texlive-2012. Should work out alright.

As per feedback and discussion in different places, trying to support Texinfo-5.2 is the temporary decision. Only building will show if this holds to be true.

Christian Grothoff

2017-10-04 15:27

manager   ~0012462

My general opinion is requiring Debian stable is generally totally acceptable, and in exceptions we can even require something more recent (if justified).


2017-10-08 16:10

developer   ~0012467

Yes, I agree.
The only action left on this bug is now to provide a check in the build system for it.


2018-01-21 13:54

developer   ~0012816

> The only action left on this bug is now to provide a check in the build system for it.

Is this fixed? I can't recall if I fixed it or not.

Christian Grothoff

2018-06-26 08:27

manager   ~0013078

The check in the build system is still missing.


2018-10-30 19:03

developer   ~0013299

I am confident that is a (first) solution to fix the "detect version" requirement.

In general: WTF? comparing string to integer in m4, which was my first attempt, as a result of grep + cut + --version and "5.2", is way too annoying. Why don't we have min/max versions in the MISSING_PROG macro? Annoyance^10.

If this doesn't work, file new bugs.

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2017-09-24 13:10 nikita New Issue
2017-09-24 13:13 nikita Description Updated
2017-09-24 13:14 nikita Description Updated
2017-09-25 10:48 nikita Note Added: 0012434
2017-09-25 10:48 nikita Assigned To => nikita
2017-09-25 10:48 nikita Status new => assigned
2017-09-25 10:49 nikita Status assigned => acknowledged
2017-09-25 19:40 nikita Summary package contributors votes needed to decide on the minimal required Texinfo + Texlive version => decide on the minimal required Texinfo version
2017-09-25 19:40 nikita Description Updated
2017-09-27 16:10 nikita Status acknowledged => confirmed
2017-09-27 20:20 nikita Relationship added child of 0005141
2017-10-02 18:57 nikita Status confirmed => assigned
2017-10-04 15:27 Christian Grothoff Note Added: 0012462
2017-10-08 16:10 nikita Note Added: 0012467
2018-01-21 13:54 nikita Note Added: 0012816
2018-06-26 08:27 Christian Grothoff Note Added: 0013078
2018-10-30 19:03 nikita Status assigned => resolved
2018-10-30 19:03 nikita Resolution open => fixed
2018-10-30 19:03 nikita Fixed in Version => Git master
2018-10-30 19:03 nikita Note Added: 0013299
2019-02-12 09:20 Christian Grothoff Target Version => 0.11.0
2019-02-16 11:54 Christian Grothoff Fixed in Version Git master => 0.11.0
2019-02-28 11:17 Christian Grothoff Status resolved => closed