#1036 Binary Packages Defective wrt Info `dir' Files

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packaging (9)
Bug
remind
Documentation
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2013-02-06
2007-05-04
Keith Marshall
No

I'm filing this as a bug, mainly so we don't lose sight of it. The packaging of the *binary* releases of binutils, (all versions up to and including 2.17.50), and of GCC, (all versions up to and including 3.4.5), are defective, in so far as they include `.../info/dir' files in the distributed archives.

No binary distribution of any package should *ever* include such a file; when such an archive is installed, it *destroys* any existing `info' catalogue on the end user's system, instead of updating it. (The correct procedure for updating `info' catalogues is to run the `install-info' command, to *add* to the existing `dir' file; it should *never* be simply overwritten).

Please ensure that `.../info/dir' files are removed from the distribution image trees, *before* rolling the tarballs for future releases.

Discussion

  • Keith Marshall
    Keith Marshall
    2007-09-24

    • assigned_to: dannysmith --> nobody
     
  • Keith Marshall
    Keith Marshall
    2007-09-24

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    Assigned to `nobody', because I can't set to `everyone'. All please take note.

     
  • John E.
    John E.
    2009-02-01

    Just a note -- the 3.4.5 "Vista-fixed" releases that I made don't contain the ./info/dir files. So "3.4.5-20060117-1" has this problem, but "3.4.5-20060117-2" (deprecated) and "3.4.5-20060117-3" (the current stable release) are fine.

     
  • Earnie Boyd
    Earnie Boyd
    2013-02-05

    • labels: MinGW --> packaging
    • status: open --> closed
    • resolution: --> out-of-date
    • category: --> Unknown
    • milestone: --> OTHER
     
    • Keith Marshall
      Keith Marshall
      2013-02-05

      Closing is okay, provided we don't forget the issue; out-of-date it definitely isn't. It remains imperative that dir files are removed from the info trees of any staged install, before packaging a distribution from it.

       
  • Keith Marshall
    Keith Marshall
    2013-02-05

    • resolution: out-of-date --> remind
     
  • Earnie Boyd
    Earnie Boyd
    2013-02-06

    • status: closed --> doc
    • type: --> Bug
    • category: Unknown --> Documentation
    • patch_attached: --> False