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Re: keeping $exec-prefix et al unexpanded

From: Dan Kegel
Subject: Re: keeping $exec-prefix et al unexpanded
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2003 11:55:15 -0800
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Philip Willoughby wrote:
I've been thinking (shock!), and it seems to me that it wouldn't break
anything majorly if we did expand all the $prefix-dependant variables.  The
reason being, practically everyone uses automake these days, and automake
defines all installation paths to be prefixed by $DESTDIR, which is empty
by default.

Since the only reason I've been given to keep the variables unexpanded is
so that you can do:

./configure --prefix=/usr
make prefix=/tmp/usr install
cd /tmp
tar cfz binary-tarball.tgz usr

this seems to me to be a bit of a redundant feature.

Not everyone uses automake.  Please don't break this.
- Dan

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