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[bug#60535] [PATCH] depend2: switch echo|sed to automatic vars

From: Zack Weinberg
Subject: [bug#60535] [PATCH] depend2: switch echo|sed to automatic vars
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2023 23:56:11 -0500
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On Thu, Jan 5, 2023, at 6:47 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
> Please excuse my curmudgeonness, but it's not clear to me that avoiding
> sed is worth these hassles in working around the implementation-specific
> bugs in the automatic variables.

It seems to me that this would be worth doing *if* we could get it to the
point where gmake (and any other implementation with similar optimizations)
didn't need to invoke a shell for the command at all.  I thought the rules
for that were documented but I can't find them at the moment, and I got lost
in gmake's job.c's maze of #ifdefs; anyone know what they are?

It might also be worth doing if we could guarantee that `sed` would not be
used by *any* rules, as that would be a solid step in the direction of
removing `sed` from the set of shell utilities potentially needed at build time
for a generic package (of course, if the package's own build logic uses sed,
there's nothing we can do about that).  ISTR there are several existing automake
rules with complex embedded shell scripts that use sed, though.


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