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Re: FYI: Debian doc changes

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: FYI: Debian doc changes
Date: 24 Nov 2003 14:35:56 -0800
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Richard Dawe <address@hidden> writes:

> Akim Demaille wrote:
> > 
> >         (Input): AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR(aux) is a bad idea on DOS.
> >         From Debian Autoconf 2.58.
> > 
> > +The auxiliary directory should not be named @file{aux} for portability
> > +to MS-DOS, because the filename @file{aux} is reserved under MS-DOS.
> >  @end defmac
> It's probably a bad idea to use other DOS/Windows device names like con:,
> lpt1:, etc. too. I guess you'd have to be pretty weird to use a directory
> called "lpt1" as your auxillary directory, though. ;)
> I don't think it's worth adding a note to the docs for the other device names
> (con:, lpt1:), though.

[I am the Debian maintainer who added that note, after a bug
report requested it.]  In case it isn't clear, the particular
reason that `aux' is warned against is that it is a fairly
obvious choice to name an auxiliary directory `aux'.

Now that I look at it again, I wonder if I should add a sentence
warning against alternate capitalizations: AUX and Aux, etc., are
also reserved under MS-DOS.
"I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program
 I must share it with other people who like it."
--Richard Stallman

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