Bug 29067 - RFE docbook2* cannot use non-system backends
RFE docbook2* cannot use non-system backends
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: docbook-utils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
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Reported: 2001-02-23 10:52 EST by Ed Bailey
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-02-23 16:51:10 EST
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Description Ed Bailey 2001-02-23 10:52:04 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux 2.2.16-22enterprise i686; en-US;
0.8) Gecko/20010217

The jw wrapper script called by docbook2* blindly prepends
"/usr/share/sgml/docbook/utils-0.6/backends/" to all backend names.  This
makes it impossible for an individual to produce a customized backend for
their own use.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Copy a backend from the docbook-utils backend directory to your current
working directory.  Name it something different, like "foo". Then try to
use it, either via "-b foo" or "-b complete/path/foo".  No dice...

Expected Results:  It would be preferable for the -b option to handle
backend selection a bit more intelligently.  At the least, it should
respect any relative or absolute path passed as part of the -b option. 
Over and above that, doing something like proccessing a $PATH-like variable
to select backends might be nice, but I'd personally be satisfied if "-b
some/path/foo" worked... :-)
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2001-02-23 11:14:24 EST
Not sure if handling relative paths is a good idea, since it could still be a
system backend.  I have a patch for handling absolute paths properly though.
Comment 2 Glen Foster 2001-02-23 16:51:06 EST
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2001-02-24 05:06:09 EST
Patch applied in docbook-utils-0.6-11.

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