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Re: pathnames containing spaces

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: pathnames containing spaces
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 07:21:16 -0500
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The usual response to this problem is _don't_use_path_names_with_spaces_. There are different ways to modify what you are doing that it is not worth modifying the autotools to handle the space in path name problem. For instance you could use the DOS 8.3 modified name which for ``Program Files'' is usually ``Progra~1''. Or you with Cygwin and MSYS you create a mount point and map ``C:\Program Files'' to it, e.g. ``echo "c:/progra~1 /opt" >> /etc/fstab''; then ``./configure --prefix=/opt''.


James Amundson wrote:
As far as I can tell, it is impossible to get automake to work with
pathnames containing spaces. The canonical example is
        ./configure --prefix="/c/Program Files"
        make install
which will cause make to choke because install will be called with
unquoted pathnames. I don't know if there are other examples -- I have
never made it past this one.

Have I missed something, or is this a bug? It is a serious problem when
using MSYS or Cygwin.

--Jim Amundson


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