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Re: M4sh tests 77 and 78 vs /bin/sh -> dash

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: M4sh tests 77 and 78 vs /bin/sh -> dash
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:11:17 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Mon, 23 Mar 2020, Paul Eggert wrote:

On 3/23/20 1:20 PM, Zack Weinberg wrote:
Autotools and C still have their niche, and that niche is code that
_does_  need to be extremely cross platform.

If cross-platform is the main goal, Java is often a better choice these days. :-)

Python 2.7.17 seems to be pretty portable for the moment. :-)

It would be fine to add an option (default off) to make Autoconf pickier about the shell, and letting people try the option who want to try it. We coould change the default later as experience rolls in.

It would be useful if Automake's 'distcheck' would arrange to execute configure under different available shells to make sure that the results are the same.

Bob Friesenhahn
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