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Re: Mangled argument vector choking on spaces?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Mangled argument vector choking on spaces?
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:06:41 -0700
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On 01/01/2015 02:57 PM, Kip Warner wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-12-31 at 12:02 -0500, David A. Wheeler wrote:
>> They can do workarounds with symlinks, etc., to try to *hide* the reality, 
>> but
>> since autoconf is supposed to do things *automatically*, that means that
>> autoconf fails to do the one job it's supposed to do: automatic 
>> configuration.
> Agreed. The whole purpose of autoconf is to help write portable scripts.
> Paths with spaces in them, whether we like them or not, is often
> uncontrollable and a fact of reality.

While paths with spaces in them may be a fact of reality, they are
non-portable according to POSIX.  It is going to be an uphill battle if
you want to submit patches to make autoconf automatically handle file
names with spaces, as there is nothing portable about them.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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