This is an observation while trying to test GnuPG suite using Github sources.
Trying to test all the packages is difficult at best. I cannot clone a repo, change directories and simply run ./configure. The engineering problems start with --enable-maintainer-mode. I'm not a maintainer and I could not give a crap about building a package or the docs. I'm a user that needs to acceptance test the suite. I only care about the code.
The suite needs to offer --enable-qa-mode in addition to a --disable-docs. Four hours into the process and I still can't build the suite. Each attempt results in useless errors, like fig2dev or gs is not installed. I'm also fighting with the projects choice of bleeding edge components. There is no reason someone should not be able to walk up to a Ubuntu 18.04 machine and things "just work". Complaining gettext is too old in a LTS release is just plain wrong.
I still can't get beyond this error. I have no idea what is needed to clear it:
make: Entering directory '/home/travis/build/noloader/gnupg/doc' convert `test -f 'gnupg-module-overview.svg' || echo './'`gnupg-module-overview.svg gnupg-module-overview.pdf convert-im6.q16: unable to read font `(null)' @ error/annotate.c/RenderFreetype/1367. convert-im6.q16: non-conforming drawing primitive definition `text' @ error/draw.c/DrawImage/3265. convert-im6.q16: unable to read font `(null)' @ error/annotate.c/RenderFreetype/1367. convert-im6.q16: non-conforming drawing primitive definition `text' @ error/draw.c/DrawImage/3265. convert-im6.q16: not authorized `gnupg-module-overview.pdf' @ error/constitute.c/WriteImage/1037. Makefile:1188: recipe for target 'gnupg-module-overview.pdf' failed
I'm fairly certain the inability to easily test the suite from Github master is a defect in GnuPG's engineering processes. The problems with the processes means users are not helping test before a release (does anyone besides a handful of project developers perform release testing?). It also makes it difficult to setup a CI pipeline (have your tried to put these bleeding edge components on a CI image?). I'm guessing that's why there are no CI pipelines setup.