$Id: README 6252 2015-05-06 17:37:57Z karl $
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Texinfo::Parser (hence the directory name tp) is a Perl module for
parsing Texinfo code into a tree representing the Texinfo code
These other modules and libraries are required (all have been standard
parts of Perl for years, at least since 5.7.3):
Carp, Config, Data::Dumper, Encode, File::Basename, File::Spec
Getopt::Long, Unicode::Normalize, Storable
It also uses the less widely-available modules:
Locale::Messages, Unicode::EastAsianWidth, Text::Unidecode
For these, internal versions are included, and are installed and used as
part of Texinfo (not disturbing the Perl installation at all).
To run the tests you also need:
Test::More, Data::Compare, Test::Deep
On Debian-based distros, Test::More is part of perl-modules and thus
installed with perl, the packages corresponding to the other modules
The tests are in the subdirectories t/ and test/. The tests in t/ test
the Perl modules used by the makeinfo command, and the tests in test/
test the command itself.
This module is part of GNU Texinfo. A standalone Perl module may also be
produced from within the the Texinfo tree, using
The resulting module, although standalone, should always be regenerated
from the sources in Texinfo, to avoid divergence of sources.
If you want to delve into making a new backend, the documentation in
tp/Texinfo/Convert/Converter.pm is a good starting point, as it
describes the existing backends and other places to look. To do a good
job, expect to spend a lot of time making it do the right thing with the
tp builds a complicated parse tree. It can output a lot of debug
information about the tree, and what it's doing generally. For example,
these commands output the tree (in different forms):
makeinfo -c DUMP_TREE=1 -c TEXINFO_OUTPUT_FORMAT=parse document.texi
makeinfo -c TEXINFO_OUTPUT_FORMAT=debugtree document.texi
In addition (or instead) setting the DEBUG configuration variable will
dump more information about what it's doing.