On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 11:05:18AM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote: > This allows things like: > > $ DEFAULT_DOC_TARGET=html make doc > $ DEFAULT_DOC_INSTALL_TARGET=html make install-doc > > on a platform that does not have manpage viewer. Which is not very > useful, given that you can already say > > $ make install-html > > on such a platform, and these install-$format targets will not go > away.
I think the usefulness is that it can be set by default for a particular uname, so people on Windows can just type "make install-doc" without having to care about setting anything (though to be honest, I do not even know what they build by default; maybe they do build manpages). Except that in the original thread: > http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/207193/focus=207201 it became clear that to do that we would also want to hoist the uname automagic defaults into their own file that could be read from Documentation/Makefile. > The real motivation behind this was to let me say: > > $ git checkout $some_old_fork_point > $ DEFAULT_DOC_TARGET=git-push.1 make doc > > while updating the sources to the documentation for the maintainance > track, without having to format everything else that is different > between the old fork point and the primary branch I usually work on. I still don't see how this is any advantage over: make -C Documentation git-push.1 > The first one was discussed some time ago on the list and all the > fixes mentioned on the thread already squashed in. The second one > is merely for completeness. I wonder...do we really need DEFAULT_DOC_INSTALL_TARGET? Why isn't it the same as DEFAULT_DOC_TARGET? I realize that right now we build html and manpages by default, but only install man. But then why do we bother building html then? -Peff -- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in the body of a message to majord...@vger.kernel.org More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html