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Re: Add tr to common programs

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Add tr to common programs
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2008 22:34:39 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

Hello Eric,

* Eric Blake wrote on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 02:21:05PM CET:
> A bug report on the autoconf list recently reported that autoconf has been
> producing configure files for several years now with a dependence on
> tr[1],

I didn't see it, where exactly would that be?

> 2008-11-04  Eric Blake  <address@hidden>
>       * doc/make-stds.texi (Utilities in Makefiles): Add tr.

I'd be in support of this but only iff there is a very prominent big
warning for the various portability hassles with tr which are *not*
mentioned in the Autoconf manual.  IIRC this was the reason to keep
it out of GCS.

The SUSv3 has some good hints in the informative section of the 'tr'
description.  I'm not sure whether everyone reads it, but at least
pointing to it would seem prudent.


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