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Re: Broken makefile given Autoconf version mismatch

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Broken makefile given Autoconf version mismatch
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 21:31:36 -0700
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Stepan Kasal <address@hidden> writes:

> semicolons cannot be used inside
> curly braces, so you have to write, for example:
> sed '/datarootdir/{
>       p
>       q
>     }'
> IIRC, Autoconf was recently fixed to obey this rule,

Yes, here:

and CVS Automake was fixed at about the same time:

> sed '/datarootdir/{p
> }'
> is correct according to POSIX, yet I think some implementations are not
> able to parse it.)

Hmm, which would those be?  We should probably document the exact
problem in the Autoconf manual.  I just checked 7th Edition Unix 'sed'
(dated January 1979) and it worked OK.  So these implementations would
either have had a bug introduced, or have been independent of the late
Lee McMahon's original implementation.

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