Re: Using one FrameMaker chapter in several books

Subject: Re: Using one FrameMaker chapter in several books
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 14:32:12 -0400

John Crowell wrote:
> I have looked for the answer to this question in the Techwr-l archive,
> FrameMaker online help, and Adobe Knowledgebase, all to no avail.
> Our document set comprises 6 FrameMaker books. There are two chapters we
> would like to use unchanged in more than one book (a glossary and a
> specifications chapter).

What worked for me was using the standard Unix 'make' utility and Frame's
'fmbatch' to build, index, and print my books. Make allows you to have a big
file of rules like:

book1: file1 file3 file7 file12
fmbatch ....

This says that book1 must be rebuilt if any of the files to the right of the
colon has changed (has a newer file date than book1). When you type 'make book1',
nothing happens if book1 exists and none of those have changed. Otherwise,
the fmbatch command in the second line is executed.

Of course you also have:

everything: book1 book2 book3 ...

So you can just type 'make everything' and go for coffee.


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