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RE: [autoconf 2.49e] configure --help creates config.log

From: Tim Van Holder
Subject: RE: [autoconf 2.49e] configure --help creates config.log
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 22:15:12 +0200

> > directory.  If you want to treat srcdir as read-only, you 
> > should be running
> True, but this shouldn't hold for the purely informational ./configure
> --help: I can see no use in creating config.log when there's no actual
True, as I stated; I was merely responding to your 'srcdir should be
read-only' statement.  The creation of config.log is definitely incorrect.
As it turns out, the current CVS autoconf no longer has this problem.

> But this is awkward just to learn possible configure options.
Yes.  I suppose using --help as an example was misguided of me, as --help
should indeed have no side-effects.  Again, this was intended as a general
response to your 'read-only srcdir' assertion.

> distributions is improperly constructed, it's still controversial if
> generated files should be created in $(srcdir) or in $(builddir). 

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