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Re: autoconf problem building

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: autoconf problem building
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 13:28:54 +0100
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>>>>> "Tim" == Tim Van Holder <address@hidden> writes:

Tim> Unless there are other suggestions, I'll add the /dev/null to the
Tim> lispdir macro in aclocal.m4 and Automake (at least the test can
Tim> then be killed).

Yes, please, fix it in Automake.  And add a piece of documentation in
Autoconf emphasizing the importance of putting a </dev/null when the
command is not supposed to read its stdin.  I've seen too many checks
(Autoconf) and tests (Autotest) hangs because of this.

Tim> I'll also add an entry to Autmake's docs warning that the lispdir
Tim> macro can fail badly when 'emacs' isn't GNU Emacs or XEmacs.

Why not.

Tim> Is it worth it to have the lispdir macro print a message like 'If
Tim> this test takes a long time, you may have a bad or incompatible
Tim> emacs. Please kill this script and rerun it with the
Tim> --without-lispdir option.'?

Seems overkill.

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