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B.2.6 Building the Documentation

The generated Info documentation is included in the distribution tar files and in the Git source code repository; you should not need to rebuild it. However, if it needs to be done, simply running make will do it, assuming that you have a recent enough version of makeinfo installed.

If you wish to build the PDF version of the manuals, you will need to have TeX installed, and possibly additional packages that provide the necessary fonts and tools, such as dvi2pdf and ps2pdf. You will also need GNU Troff (groff) installed in order to format the reference card and the manual page (see Contents of the gawk Distribution). Managing this process is beyond the scope of this Web page.

Assuming you have all you need, then the following commands produce the PDF versions of the documentation:

cd doc
make pdf

This creates PDF versions of all three Texinfo documents included in the distribution, as well as of the manual page and the reference card.

Similarly, if you have a recent enough version of makeinfo, you can make the HTML version of the manuals with:

cd doc
make html

This creates HTML versions of all three Texinfo documents included in the distribution.