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Re: Problem with cl and autoconf

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Problem with cl and autoconf
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 10:30:06 -0800
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Andreas Buening <address@hidden> writes:

> Paul Eggert wrote:
>> Perhaps we could make "exec </dev/null" an option, normally enabled,
> I'm sorry, I didn't follow this discussion closely. If I understand the
> shell docs correctly this command redirects stdin to /dev/null for all
> further lines of configure.


> Why would anybody want this?

Because in practice, it's too common for "configure" tests to attempt
to read standard input even when this wasn't intended.  I guess that
this happens far more often than "configure" tests that are actually
intended to read standard input.

"configure" is normally designed to run standalone, without any user
intervention.  Asking for user input is much more of a pain for
installers to automate; I can't recommend the practice, even though I
now see that one package is doing it that way.

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