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Re: zsh fails the Autoconf test suite on Solaris 8

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: zsh fails the Autoconf test suite on Solaris 8
Date: 21 Mar 2002 10:53:06 +0100
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>>>>> "Paul" == Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Akim Demaille <address@hidden> Date: 19 Mar 2002 16:52:24
>> +0100

>> Actually, I'd be happy to see zsh promoted to a higher rank too,

Paul> It turns out that Solaris 8 zsh fails the Autoconf test suite,
Paul> even though Solaris 8 ksh passes it.  It fails badly, too: it
Paul> goes into an infinite looop, apparently.  I'll try to get to the
Paul> bottom of this if I have the time.  But this results suggests
Paul> that we shouldn't promote zsh right now.

This is a very well known issue, which was fixed is more recent
version of Zsh.  As a matter of fact, it is not an infloop, rather,
it's a very bad memory management that cause these disastrous

It has been fixed since.

I must say that I don't know what sign we could us to distinguish a
good zsh from a bad one.  It is the huge case structure of Autotest
which is responsible (or was it the huge `for'?  I don't remember
exactly) for this behavior.  It doesn't appear with Autoconf.  In
other words, Zsh is sane for configure, but probably not for

I'm not asking for making the distinction though.

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