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Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.63] testsuite: 51 failed

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [GNU Autoconf 2.63] testsuite: 51 failed
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:07:33 -0700
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[re-adding the list]

According to Bert Timmerman on 2/28/2009 7:05 AM:
>>> Good to know.  Hopefully it won't take me too long to dig up a working bash 
>>> 3.1.17 (I think I a pre-built copy of it lying around somewhere), to verify 
>>> my 
>>> analysis.
>> I'm having difficulties reproducing things:
> Please do not put to much time/energy in this one bug report.

Not a problem, really.  My job as maintainer is to triage whether reports
indicate real bugs or just configuration issues; for every person that
reports a problem, there are generally many more who suffer from the same
issue but don't report it.  If we are able to reproduce and understand why
your testsuite failure occurred, we may be able to make autoconf more
robust for those users who don't know to report things.

> This morning I installed a Fedora 10 noarch rpm of autoconf 2.63 on my
> Fedora Core 5 box (which had autoconf-2.59).
> Since then autoconf does what it is supposed to do.

I'm glad to hear things are working.

> Configuring packages that rely on autoconf > 2.60 is no problem anymore.
> Looking back I suspect that running 'make test' was asking for troubles.

We actually encourage running 'make test' and reporting the results - it
is the only way we can learn whether autoconf is as portable as we would
like it to be.

> OTOH, something might still be 'wrong' with my version of bash, probably
> a Heisenbug.
> To be on the safe side I going to upgrade my box to F10 within days now.
> I have the CDs burned already.
> Thanks for your efforts, it's appreciated.
> Kind regards,
> Bert Timmerman.

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