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Re: --help should not require --srcdir

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: --help should not require --srcdir
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:05:24 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> * Eric Blake <address@hidden> [2011-07-28 10:57:24 -0600]:
> On 07/28/2011 10:48 AM, Sam Steingold wrote:
>> this should not happen:
>> $ ./configure --help
>> configure: error: cannot find sources (lispbibl.d) in . or ..
> While I agree with your sentiment, I can't reproduce it with this
> amount of information.

how about
cp configure /tmp
cd /tmp

It does not matter that configure is in the current directory.
It could have been copied of linked over from the source tree and
intended to be run by a top-level configure with --srcdir argument.

However, there is no reason for any program to report an error when
given the --help switch, no matter where the program is located.

> Can you provide a minimal file that reproduces this
> problem, or even a pointer to the project whose is
> causing this failure to see if the bug is in that instead
> of in autoconf?

hg clone
cd clisp
./configure build-dir
cd build-dir
./configure --help

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