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Re: Do not name your AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR `aux'

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Do not name your AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR `aux'
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 08:43:01 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.11

Hi Brian,

* Brian wrote on Wed, Jan 11, 2006 at 02:08:09AM CET:
> As I found out the hard way, `aux' is not portable to Cygwin, as it is a
> reserved folder name in Windows. You will not receive an explicit error.
> Instead your folder will simply be corrupted. The reason is that Windows
> won't let you directly create a folder named `aux', it will just revert
> immediately to "New Folder." Given that, they did not add any error checking
> code for an imported folder with this name.
> Any chance of sneaking this into that macro's help text?

Quoting CVS Autoconf docs:
|  -- Macro: AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR (DIR)
|      Use the auxiliary build tools (e.g., `install-sh', `config.sub',
| [...]
|      If you need portability to DOS variants, do not name the auxiliary
|      directory `aux'.  *Note File System Conventions::.


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