bugGNU troff - Bugs: bug #55461, User --docdir configuration ignored


bug #55461: User --docdir configuration ignored

Submitted by:  Eric Bavier <bavier>
Submitted on:  Sun 13 Jan 2019 06:43:13 AM UTC  
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Build/Installation Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Planned Release:  None

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Sun 13 Jan 2019 06:43:13 AM UTC, original submission:  

In the 1.22.4 release of groff, a --docdir option passed to `configure' is ignored.

This seems to be because the 'docdir' variable is set in Makefile.am:165, which effectively overrides the substitution done by the configure script (either of the default value as well as from the user).

Is there a particular reason for the desire to override the default value by adding a version number, rather than leaving that to distribution packagers or users?  If so, this may need to go to Autoconf, which doesn't seem to provide a good way to override the default substitutions for these core variables.  It would seem justified in this case, given that the GNU Standards for 'docdir' say that it may include a version number.

Until the Autoconf support is fixed, I would suggest removing the override of 'docdir'.

Eric Bavier <bavier>


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