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bug#21400: Location of "file" is hard coded

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: bug#21400: Location of "file" is hard coded
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:02:55 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Wed, 2 Sep 2015, Peter Rosin wrote:

I had a quick look, and AFAICT, all uses of hardcoded /usr/bin/file are
in system-specific code paths. So, you must have the file utility in an
odd location for your type of system (and /usr/local/bin seems a bit odd
for a basic utility such as file).

I do recall libtool discussions of the 'file' command from a long time ago. The hard-coded path is surely by design and not by accident.

While there is one popular implementation of the 'file' command it may be that there are other programs called 'file' in the path which do something else entirely.

Libtool depends on specific text being printed by the 'file' command in order to make key decisions.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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