[postgis-devel] circular dependency in doc/ ?

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Tue Feb 28 13:09:35 PST 2012

Chris Hodgson <chodgson at refractions.net> writes:

> On 12-02-28 11:03 AM, Sandro Santilli wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:20:19AM -0800, Chris Hodgson wrote:
>>> Is mathml2.dtd the ONLY thing that was slowing you down strk? There
>>> are many other DTDs used, eg. docbook and docbook-mathml, and I
>>> thought that some of those are dependent on eachother, so really the
>>> solution to this is to properly configure your system's xml catalog.
>>> It seems like you're going a long way out of your way to work around
>>> the pre-existing solution of the xmlcatalog.
>> Indeed it's fast for me now. Could very well be I have all the
>> other DTDs properly mapped. The new way doesn't replace the old
>> in any way, just solves my specific situation (it seems).
>> Is it giving you any problem ?
>> Surely addin --nonet would expose the issue for anyone having it.
> Honestly I haven't tried but I doubt that your solution is causing any
> problems.
> I guess I question the --nonet because with it, you can always build
> the docs, as slow as it may be. Without it, you may not be able to
> build the docs, and if you aren't aware of this workaround or aren't
> able to wade through xmlcatalog hell, you may simply be unable to
> build the docs at all. Though I can see the reverse argument of, if
> the docs build, they must just take that long, and if you don't know
> of the workarounds you just keep letting the build take forever... as
> opposed to, if they don't build and you need to build them, you'll ask
> on the list and get the help.
> So I guess I can support the --nonet as the default, would be nice if
> there was an easy option to allow building without --nonet for a quick
> fix - quick as in effort, not elapsed time :)

I have a diff in my working tree to add --nonet.  But I find that I then
don't have a lot of the xml schemas.  Worse, they don't seem to be
packaged in pkgsrc, and there don't seem to be upstream distributions
that are set up to configure/make/make install (to the right place in a
prefix).  I get the impression the stylesheet maintainers expect people
to obtain and place a single file manually. I therefore have to conclude
that most uses of these schemas are via downloading them at build time
-- otherwise someone would have added support to pkgsrc for them, rather
than postgis being the first reason.

So perhaps this should be an option to postgis configure, so people can
try with --nonet but have an easy way to avoid it.

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