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Re: autoconf doesn't support spaces in directory names

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: autoconf doesn't support spaces in directory names
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 22:19:54 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

* Eric Blake wrote on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 09:48:27PM CET:
> According to Paul Brannan on 1/20/2008 7:18 AM:
> | I'm using autoconf 2.61 on cygwin where my home directory is "/home/Paul
> | Brannan".
> Thanks for the report.  This has already been fixed in autoconf and
> automake CVS,

Not really.  The particular issue Paul reported is one I did not fix yet.
It can be worked around with
  export PATH MISSING install_sh
  $source_tree/configure [...]

The problem with fixing the quoting of $am_aux_dir is that I don't know
of a possible quoting that will work in all cases where the variable is
used (in a Makefile, in some shell scripts).  It's really a mess.

> but is a known problem with all released versions of
> autotools, and is likely to be a problem with various packages even when
> newer autotools are available.  The workaround is to avoid directory names
> with spaces.

Yes, the workaround is good.


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