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Null characters in config.status

From: Norman, Ben
Subject: Null characters in config.status
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 03:03:30 +0000


I manage a project that is developing several software packages (all happily 
using autotools for a couple of years now).  I have recently hit a very 
frustrating snag on one of my systems (Fedora 20 64-bit running under VMWare 
Workstation 10).  I have completely rebuilt the VM from scratch and have the 
same results.

To reproduce it simply, I downloaded a sample project from  The output from and configure are attached.  You will note that configure terminates 

./config.status: line 331: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'
./config.status: line 331: `"'

This is because line 317 of config.status (attached) has almost 3000 null 
characters in it.  I am completely stumped.  The same thing happens in any 
autotools project I try to build.  Any ideas?


Attachment: autogen.out
Description: autogen.out

Attachment: configure.out
Description: configure.out

Attachment: config.status
Description: config.status

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