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bug #45602: makeinfo could warn when given a file with a .info suffix

Submitted by:  Gavin D. Smith <gavin>
Submitted on:  Wed 22 Jul 2015 10:20:46 AM UTC  
Category:  makeinfo Release: 
Priority:  5 - Normal Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  None Privacy:  Public
Open/Closed:  Open Assigned to:  None
Status:  None

Thu 23 Jul 2015 05:57:00 PM UTC, comment #1:

i'm not enchanted with starting down the road of determining file names implicitly. that "feature" has caused endless hassle with tex.

however, a warning when foo.info is given as the input name seems good to me. i think such could even be a no-op unless --force is given.

by the way, i don't think i've ever made this particular typo. does your filename completion ignore .info*? i think that's what saves me from it. anyway.

Karl Berry <karl>
Project Administrator
Wed 22 Jul 2015 10:20:46 AM UTC, original submission:

Sometimes I write "makeinfo FILE.info" when I meant to write "makeinfo FILE.texi" instead, and end up with a file "file.info.info" being created. (The warning I get is that the Info file has no nodes.) Maybe makeinfo could issue a warning that running it on a file with a .info suffix probably wasn't intended. Alternatively, maybe it could even go looking for a file "FILE.texi" when invoked as "makeinfo FILE.info" and use that instead.

I think this is an easy mistake to make because in my mind I am "*make*ing an info file, FILE.info" which turns into "makeinfo FILE.info".

Gavin D. Smith <gavin>
Project Administrator


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