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Re: Configure error (objcopy)

From: Thierry Laronde
Subject: Re: Configure error (objcopy)
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 23:17:52 +0200
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On Mon, Sep 02, 2002 at 08:28:29PM -0400, Doug Jolley wrote:
> Well, Slackware includes 'cmp' in the diffutils package.  This
> package is in the applications package set and is NOT a required
> package.  That's why I didn't have it installed.  I'm assuming
> that testing for whether 'cmp' was available would be a fairly
> simple test.  That being the case, I think it would help avoid
> a lot of confusion for newbie installers and reduce the number
> of inquiries if the test were included.  Getting an error message
> stating that binutils needs to be updated tends to point users in
> the wrong direction.

The problem is that a lot if not all commands should be investigated in
this case. Assuming that the basic POSIX defined utilities are present
is a minimal request (and you must assume something is present if you
don't want to face the "bootstrapping" problem). Only non POSIX
utilities or non POSIX options should be tested. Nothing is perfect ;)

Thierry Laronde (Alceste) <address@hidden>
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