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Re: configure fails when PATH=/usr/xpg4/bin:/usr/bin on Solaris 11

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: configure fails when PATH=/usr/xpg4/bin:/usr/bin on Solaris 11
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:39:14 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Sat, 28 Jan 2017, Dimitrios Apostolou wrote:

NOTE: this happens only on Solaris 11; on Solaris 10 /bin/sh never treats "rm" as a built-in.

So is this something to report to automake, as a "broken rm" case? Or is it an autoconf because the script fails to re-exec under a sane shell?

This problem is well known and is because ksh93 as used in Solaris 11 and OSs derived from OpenSolaris (OpenIndiana, OmniOS, and some others derived from Illumos, are still using a ksh93 which has this bug. There are more recent ksh93 versions without the bug but no one has volunteered to produce a more modern version for systems derived from Illumos since the shell is used as part of booting the OS and is therefore some painful work to update.

There should be a way to tell ksh93 not to use the built-in 'rm'.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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