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Re: bison-1.29c 'configure' problems on Solaris 8.

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: bison-1.29c 'configure' problems on Solaris 8.
Date: 04 Oct 2001 17:38:43 +0200
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>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

>> Hm.  That also means that you're likely to not get the latest
>> possible version of bash if it's installed, though.

Paul> True, but for 'configure' it's good enough, as we don't need the
Paul> latest Bash version.

Right, but some of our parts would be extremely happy to have as good
a shell as possible.  For instance it would help Libtool which needs a
good `echo'.

Also, M4sh should take profit of this move, and there is no reason not
to try to find the best we can.  But I agree with your thinking.

>> And you'll probably find the xpg4 shell before bash, even though
>> bash may well be a better choice.

Paul> On Solaris 8 the code finds /bin/bash if it's installed (which
Paul> is the normal case), /bin/ksh otherwise (on stripped-down
Paul> hosts).  On Solaris 2.5, 2.5.1, 2.6, and 7 it finds /bin/ksh,
Paul> since there's no /bin/bash.  This seems OK to me.  I don't have
Paul> Solaris 9 beta, nor do I have Solaris 2.4 or earlier, but I
Paul> suspect they'll be OK too.

Paul> We can't do a perfect job here for all installations; people
Paul> with unusual requirements can set CONFIG_SHELL in their
Paul> environment.

Still, I don't understand why we don't look for favorite shell then
PATH instead of the converse.

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