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[sr #110612] Re-exec of $as_myself chooses wrong configure script from P

From: Michael Orlitzky
Subject: [sr #110612] Re-exec of $as_myself chooses wrong configure script from PATH
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2022 20:07:40 -0500 (EST)


                 Summary: Re-exec of $as_myself chooses wrong configure script
from PATH
                 Project: Autoconf
            Submitted by: mjo
            Submitted on: Sat 19 Feb 2022 01:07:39 AM UTC
                Category: None
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                Severity: 2 - Minor
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
        Operating System: None



(This is copy/pasted in its entirety from an old bug- mailing list post of

In the configure scripts that I'm generating, I see the following
variable assignment:

  # Find who we are.  Look in the path if we contain no directory
  # separator.

Later, this may be used to re-exec the configure script with a better shell,

  exec $CONFIG_SHELL $as_opts "$as_myself" ${1+"$@"}

But, consider the following scenario:

  * I have some other "configure" in my $PATH.
  * I have a shell that doesn't support LINENO.
  * I execute ./configure for some package by running "sh configure".

What happens in that case is that the "as_myself" computation fails to
find a directory separator in "configure", and instead searches my path
for a usable "configure". It finds one, but not the one I wanted to run!
Now I have


and then since my shell doesn't support LINENO, I wind up running

  $CONFIG_SHELL ... /path/to/some/other/configure/script

In other words, I re-exec the wrong script entirely. This can be worked
around by running "sh ./configure" instead of "sh configure", but leads
to a great deal of head-scratching.

Is this something that can (should?) be fixed?


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