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[Gcl-devel] Re: info files

From: Donald Winiecki
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: info files
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:17:19 -0600

Hi Camm,

gcl.info is included in the current download for info files


1. Neither gcl-si.info or gcl-tk.info is in the current download for
info files, and

2. When the current download for info files is unpacked, only gcl.info
is unpacked.  All other files in the tar remain in *.gz format.

3. In the info files I downloaded last August (which work as
expected), gcl.info, gcl-si.info and gcl-tk.info are present, _and_
all files unpack as expected.


On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM, Camm Maguire <address@hidden> wrote:
> Greetings!  Can you confirm that this is an issue of the missing
> gcl.info, and not munged gcl-si.info or gcl-tk.info?  We cannot ship
> the former in official releases alas as the draft dpANS doc does not
> have a compatible license per FSF.  Wish therre was a resolution to
> this!
> Take care,
> Donald Winiecki <address@hidden> writes:
>> Hi Camm,
>> All worked well with the info files when first set up 2.6.8 pre on my
>> machine last August.
>> I don't believe it is the build but rather the files themselves --
>> they appear to be munged on the server.  When I copy the info files I
>> archived last summer into an appropriate directory path, they work
>> fine...
>> Best,
>> _don
>> On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:31 AM, Camm Maguire <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Greetings, and thanks for the great news of your report!
>>> I concur that the most likely explanation of your results is a
>>> vistafication of your xp boxes.  In any case, clearly a build tool
>>> issue outside of gcl's control, now thankfully resolved, apparently.
>>> All that remains apparently is your info issue.  Here is what I get in
>>> a freshly built tree after a successful (help 'cons):
>>> ("/home/camm/debian/gcl/gcl-2.6.8pre/info/" "/" "/usr/info/"
>>>  "/usr/local/lib/info/" "/usr/local/info/" "/usr/local/gnu/info/"
>>>  "/usr/share/info/")
>>> The path (concatenate 'string si::*lib-directory* "info") should be
>>> prepended to si::*info-paths* at first invocation of the info system.
>>> If you could report your results, we can see why this is not happening
>>> for you.  Please note that when installing a built tree elsewhere, the
>>> utility function si::reset-sys-paths must be used to get things in
>>> sync in their new locations.  The Debian gcl package does this
>>> automatically.  make install should too, but if you are building a
>>> windows installer, then I really don't know what is right.
>>> Really close now!
>>> Take care,
>>> Donald Winiecki <address@hidden> writes:
>>>> Hi all!
>>>> Over the past several weeks I have been working to create a native
>>>> WinXP (32 bit) build of the current gcl268pre.  Up until last night I
>>>> had been unsuccessful on four separate machines running WinXP either
>>>> natively or under emulation (through Sun's/Oracle's VirtualBox).
>>>> Building the CLtL1 variant had never been a problem.
>>>> I was finally successful after installing the build tools following my
>>>> directions for preparing to build GCL on WinVista.  I have tried and
>>>> had success on three of the four machines that previously failed a
>>>> gcl268pre-ANSI build (I haven't yet tried on the fourth machine).
>>>> Paranoid as I am, I normally keep all Windows operating systems up to
>>>> date with patches from Microsoft and right now I'm guessing (and it's
>>>> just that, a guess) that some recent patches from Microsoft for WinXP
>>>> have put code or operating characteristics from WinVista into WinXP.
>>>> This may (hypothetically) account for my inability to build
>>>> gcl268pre-ANSI natively on an up-to-date installation of WinXP.
>>>> But even with this, I and one other user have experienced trouble
>>>> getting the current *info* file package to operate inside the GCL
>>>> REPL.  It would always complain about broken access to the info
>>>> file(s).  At the very bottom of this message is the result of
>>>> attempting to invoke (help 'cons) from the REPL.
>>>> HOWEVER, I was successful in getting the info files to operate inside
>>>> the REPL by copying info files from a several-month-old installation
>>>> of GCL on another machine, into the proper directory structure and
>>>> replacing the info files currently posted on the GCL project's
>>>> website.
>>>> The info files currently posted on the GCL project's website do not
>>>> extract properly.  When extracting the files, I receive an error
>>>> "There are data after the end of archive" (I'm using the open source
>>>> version of 7-zip to extract them on my WinXP machine). Perhaps others
>>>> could confirm this for me in their installations of GCL and if we get
>>>> reliable failures, we can replace the currently posted info files with
>>>> my archived copy.
>>>> Best,
>>>> -- documentary trace of failure of (help 'cons) --
>>>>>(help 'cons)
>>>> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> CONS                                                               
>>>> [Function]
>>>> (not found "dir")
>>>> Error in IF [or a callee]: Cannot open the file NIL.
>>>> Fast links are on: do (use-fast-links nil) for debugging
>>>> Broken at SYSTEM::PRINT-DOC.  Type :H for Help.
>>>>  1 (Continue) Retry opening file #p"NIL".
>>>>  2 (Abort) Return to top level.
>>>> dbl:>>
>>>> -- end --
>>>> _don
>>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>>> Don Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D.
>>>> Professor
>>>> Boise State University, College of Engineering
>>>> Department of Instructional & Performance Technology
>>>> 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725-2070 USA
>>>> E-mail: address@hidden
>>>> WWW: http://ipt.boisestate.edu
>>>> Telephone: (+01) 208 426 1899
>>>> Fax: (+01) 208 426 1970
>>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~d
>>> --
>>> Camm Maguire                                       address@hidden
>>> ==========================================================================
>>> "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."  --  Baha'u'llah
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