Introduction to SGML Common

The SGML Common package contains install-catalog. This is useful for creating and maintaining centralized SGML catalogs.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

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Installation of SGML Common

Instead of the normal convention of including the autotools files in the package, the maintainers included symlinks to the files in /usr/share/automake. For previous versions of Automake this convention is correct, but recent versions of Automake install the internal files in version specific directories. This causes the configure script to abort. To fix this error, the autotools are regenerated. Since the included file uses a syntax not supported by current versions of Automake, a patch is required to fix the syntax.

patch -Np1 -i ../sgml-common-0.6.3-manpage-1.patch &&
autoreconf -f -i

Install SGML Common by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make docdir=/usr/share/doc install &&

install-catalog --add /etc/sgml/ \
    /usr/share/sgml/sgml-iso-entities-8879.1986/catalog &&

install-catalog --add /etc/sgml/ \

Update Hint

Remove the above catalog items prior to upgrading (as the root user) with:

install-catalog --remove /etc/sgml/ \
    /usr/share/sgml/sgml-iso-entities-8879.1986/catalog &&

install-catalog --remove /etc/sgml/ \

Configuring SGML Common

Config Files


Configuration Information

No change in this file is necessary.


Installed Programs: install-catalog and sgmlwhich
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Files: SGML and XML DocBook entity files
Installed Directories: /etc/sgml, /usr/share/doc/sgml-common-0.6.3, and /usr/share/sgml

Short Descriptions


creates a centralized catalog that maintains references to catalogs scattered throughout the /usr/share/sgml directory tree.


will print to standard output the name of the main configuration file.

SGML entities files

contain the basic character entities defined with SDATA entries.

XML entities files

contain the basic character entities defined by a hexadecimal representation of the Unicode character number.

Last updated on 2015-09-09 21:58:46 -0700