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Re: pathnames containing spaces

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: pathnames containing spaces
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 14:06:29 -0500
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James Amundson wrote:
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?

No, it is not an automake or autoconf bug. Autoconf and Automake are about portability and spaces in path names are not portable.

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.

You are complaining about automake which itself will not execute outside of Cygwin or MSYS or someother posix compatiblity layer.



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