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MKS sh problem

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: MKS sh problem
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 10:03:55 +0100 (CET)

> > The configure script [of groff] has been generated with the most
> > recent version of autoconf (2.59, just a few days old), which
> > hopefully has improved support for MKS sh --
> A quirk of MKS sh causes immediate failure of configure.  Win32 uses
> nul rather than /dev/null; for compatibility, MKS sh accepts
> redirects to /dev/null, but sh won't source /dev/null.  Changing the
> cache_file to something else gives a workaround.  It seems to me
> that the behavior of sh should at least be consistent: I've apprised
> MKS of the issue; perhaps they will will be changed in a future
> release.  configure's behavior isn't the most portable, either;
> perhaps configure could define a null_dev to give better
> portability.

I've CCed bug-autoconf; it should be rather easy to fix IMHO.


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