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Re: pathnames containing spaces

From: James Amundson
Subject: Re: pathnames containing spaces
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:03:11 -0600

On Tue, 2004-01-27 at 06:21, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> The usual response to this problem is 
> _don't_use_path_names_with_spaces_. 

Heh heh.

>  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.

Wait a minute... You were joking, right? An important piece of
infrastructure like automake shouldn't have amateurish mistakes like
forgetting to properly quote pathnames in scripts and makefiles.

Surely the automake maintainers realize that this is a bug, don't they?

>   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''.

Thanks for the workarounds. Obviously, the mount point business won't
work for programs running outside of MSYS (or Cygwin). None of them will
work on non-windows platforms.

--Jim Amundson

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