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Re: proposed patch for "Tests failed with LINENO." Autoconf bug

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: proposed patch for "Tests failed with LINENO." Autoconf bug
Date: 30 Oct 2001 16:20:47 +0100
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>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Raja R Harinath <address@hidden> Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001
>> 16:59:05 -0500
>> Sorry, I'm flogging a dead horse.

Paul> Yes; more and more I want to send it to the glue factory.

Please, go ahead :)

>> awk is not mentioned in the set of "allowed to use" utilities in
>> standards.texi

Paul> True.  I'd forgotten about that.  Here's a proposed patch to fix
Paul> this dead horse one more time.  It uses Sed exclusively, instead
Paul> of Awk.  It also fixes some of the other bugs we've talked
Paul> about, but not all of them.

This fix is wrong, what was proposed was better.  Portability is no
religion wrt GCS.  It's becoming more complicated that it needs to.

If the only obstacle to releasing Autoconf is your fear wrt this, then
please remove it.  Remove it in the sense that you leave the code in
there, for M4sh, but just don't invoke it from Autoconf.

Personally, I don't fear that problem as much as you do.

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