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Minor buglet in config.log

From: Jeff Squyres
Subject: Minor buglet in config.log
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 07:19:57 -0400

Greetings Autoconfers.

As far back as I can remember, when you run

    ./configure FOO="bar baz yow" --prefix=/tmp/somewhere

it shows up in the first few lines of config.log as

    $ ./configure FOO=bar baz yow --prefix=/tmp/somewhere

Which means that if you want to cut-n-paste the exact configure string that was used to run configure, you have to go manually insert the quotes before executing it.

Is there any chance of getting autoconf to quote the full FOO token in config.log? I realize that the shell strips out the quotes by the time autoconf gets the argv; autoconf would have to detect that there is whitespace in a token and insert quotes manually when writing config.log.

This is a minor nit, but it is something that has been around for years and is somewhat annoying, for example, if we set CFLAGS to a multi-token value when running configure.


Jeff Squyres
Cisco Systems

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