Building master on Fedora fails

Vincent Lefevre vincent at
Mon May 20 14:44:39 UTC 2019

On 2019-05-19 23:03:17 +0200, Moritz Barsnick wrote:
> On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 12:46:07 -0700, Kevin J. McCarthy wrote:
> > I've checked upstream, <>.  The 0.8.8
> > release includes docbook2texi as a perl script, and it clearly supports
> > the --string-param argument.  If you have any more information on why
> > Fedora's version is out of sync with upstream I'd appreciate it.
> Fedora packages the docbook2X version of docbook2texi as
> db2x_docbook2texi (in package docbook2X). The binary it provides as
> docbook2texi comes from RedHat's own docbook-tools:
> which are packaged as docbook-utils, sic.
> I have no idea why...

Debian is similar: docbook-utils provides docbook2x-texi, which is

#! /bin/sh
jw -f docbook -b texi "$@"

and expects SGML, not XML: The jw(1) man page says:

       For the moment, jw does not handle XML, but only SGML.

The docbook2x package provides docbook2x-texi, which is a Perl script
using xsltproc, thus expecting XML and with --string-param support.

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