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Re: Autotest test suite size

From: Akim Demaille
Subject: Re: Autotest test suite size
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 09:13:07 +0100
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 > Derek Robert Price <address@hidden> writes:
 >> How many systems will we lose if we start using shell functions?

 > Nobody important will lose.  The few hosts that lack them
 > (e.g., SunOS 4.x) can import bash or pdksh and then use that.
 > SunOS 4.1.3 already needs to do this anyway, because of a bad
 > bug in its here-document handling, a bug that Sun won't fix.

 > So I'd say go for it, and assume shell functions.

 > Mark D. Baushke sugguested having shell scripts as a substitute.  That
 > would work, but it's a poor substitute.  Shell functions can do things
 > that scripts can't, e.g. they can exit from the calling shell.  It's
 > not worth wasting our time worrying about porting to such a
 > substitute.  Let's just use shell functions.

Yes.  I think that 2.60 should use Shell functions in Autotest (with
support from M4sh).  Paolo has already made suggestions.

I'm not sure for Autoconf yet.

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