[OS X TeX] xindy problem

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sun Jun 27 12:29:44 CEST 2004

On 26 jun 2004, at 17:09, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> Installing Xindy involves compiling and installing (gnu)CLISP, 
> combining the Xindy CLISP sources into a kernel (with the CLISP 
> engine) and creating a format. I tripped at step 1.

I've tried again, and as far as I can tell xindy is *broken*: it is in 
a non-compiling state right now: you need to use an older clisp version 
in order to use some modules needed by xindy, but that version will not 
compile on Mac OS X. Newer versions of clisp do compile and pass the 
tests, but the modules xindy uses expect a different API, and can 
therefore not be included into the clisp engine.

I'm giving up on xindy, it is a mess. BTW: from what I can tell from 
the documentation: xindy uses the same tex commands as Makeindex, so 
exectly what you can do with xindy that is impossible with Makeindex 
(apart from using it with other document source formats, but the source 
here is (la)tex anyway) is unclear to me. what you _can_ do with 
Makeindex, and what is impossible with xindy is installing.

It's a mess.


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