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From Nick Vatamaniuc <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Drop PDF / texinfo documentation builds
Date Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:15:49 GMT

On Mar 18, 2017 12:56 AM, "Joan Touzet" <> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I'd like to propose dropping the PDF and texinfo targets from our
> documentation build, or at the very least, having them not be part of
> the default target / not standard deliverables for the project.
> We'd continue to build HTML documentation as part of the workflow,
> naturally, as well as the man pages.
> I don't have any solid numbers, but I'm fairly sure most people use
> or a locally installed copy for their
> documentation for CouchDB rather than the PDF documentation. I
> personally can't remember the last time I opened the docs in PDF form. I
> also have never seen anyone refer to the PDF docs on the mailing lists,
> IRC or Slack when asking for advice or support.
> I've also never seen anyone use or talk about the texinfo target, and
> I've not used them myself.
> Dropping this dependency will allow us to drop TeX/LaTeX from our build
> chain, which speeds up build times by about 90 seconds and reduces the
> size of containers currently being built for our Jenkins CI workflow.
> It also means CouchDB devs don't have to install 0.5-1.5GB worth of
> toolset.
> I've captured this in JIRA as
> and have PRs ready
> to fire off if people agree.
> Your thoughts?
> -Joan

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