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[Fwd: Ultrix problem]

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: [Fwd: Ultrix problem]
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 08:44:29 -0500

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Derek Price                      CVS Solutions Architect ( )
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: Ultrix problem Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 03:16:24 -0500
Harlan Stenn wrote:

>  /bin/sh: <BA>: not found
>  WARNING: `:' is needed, and you do not seem to have it handy on your
>          system.  You might have modified some files without having the
>          proper tools for further handling them.  Check the `README' file,
>          it often tells you about the needed prerequirements for installing
>          this package.  You may also peek at any GNU archive site, in case
>          some other package would contain this missing `:' program.
>  configure: WARNING: `missing' script is too old or missing

Hmmm.... That warning looks to me like it came from the 'missing' script, but I
haven't been here long.  The content of the warning looks like your Ultrix
system can't handle the ':' command.  I didn't realize ':' was passed through
'missing' but maybe configure does something similar.  I didn't think 'missing'
would run until build time.

Anyway, the Bourne shells (/bin/sh programs) I know of treat ':' like a noop.
It's used to confuse some systems that don't like 'if's without 'else's (if
there is no 'else', put one in with a command to do nothing (put in a ':'
(noop))).  Of course, I remember that was Ultrix they were placating, but
I can't find the comments I remember with a cursory code review, so I'm

Maybe someone ran 'missing' from 'configure' with a ':' (noop) as a command to
see if 'missing' present and working?  'missing' might expect its program to be
in your path, so if it's a shell builtin it might fail?  Just guessing.


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