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Re: portability of 'printf' command

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: portability of 'printf' command
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 23:06:12 +0200

Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, Karl Berry wrote:
>> In any event, I suspect that anyone using such an ancient system *and*
>> installing a brand-new version of package foo that uses printf in its
>> autoconfery would also have installed coreutils (or at least sh-utils),
>> and therefore will have printf after all.
> Is it possible that coreutils/sh-utils configure scripts would then
> depend on a working 'printf' capability so that it is not possible to
> install them?  The only workaround would be to try to bootstrap using
> an older version which still does not require 'printf'.

I think that's an adequate work-around.

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