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Re: how to detect broken install-sh?

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: how to detect broken install-sh?
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:40:57 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-08-09)

* Robert Collins wrote on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 10:37:01AM CEST:
> Brian Gough wrote:
> >   - AC_PROG_INSTALL could confirm that the install program it finds
> >     works in the way it will be used in "make install" and give an
> >     error otherwise.
> Perhaps it already does for the system install,

Yes, some testing of the system install is done.

> if so extending that to
> the bundled one isn't a great stretch.

> > What would be the best way?  Do you think this might cause other
> > problems?
> I suggest dropping install-sh completely except for the coreutils
> package.

Expecting GNU coreutils to be installed on each system is unreasonable.
Other systems have quite well-functioning tools, too.  Autotools
generally strive to produce packages that work well on all kinds of
Posix and almost-Posix systems.


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