These are defined in the main Makefile to be funny values that are
optionally relative to an unspecified location that is determined at
runtime.  They are only suitable for hardcoding in the binary via
the -DGIT_{MAN,HTML,INFO}_PATH=<value> C preprocessor options, and
are not real paths, contrary to what any sane person, and more
importantly, the Makefile in the documentation directory, would

A longer term fix is to introduce runtime_{man,html,info}dir variables
to hold these funny values, and make {man,html,info}dir variables
to have real paths whose default values begin with $(prefix), but
as a first step, stop exporting them from the top-level Makefile.

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
 Makefile | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 1dae2c5..26b697d 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -359,7 +359,7 @@ lib = lib
 pathsep = :
-export prefix bindir sharedir mandir htmldir sysconfdir gitwebdir localedir
+export prefix bindir sharedir sysconfdir gitwebdir localedir
 CC = cc
 AR = ar
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