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Re: Bison 2.3

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Bison 2.3
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2006 11:27:17 -0700
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"H.Merijn Brand" <address@hidden> writes:

> Build, and installed OK on
> AIX  PowerPC/32bit IBM vac
> AIX  PowerPC/64bit IBM vac
> First two bloks of tests passed (bison 2.2 did not pass), after which I
> killed the tests, as AIX is soooooooo slow with the tests that I do not
> care to wait for it to crash, because of the fact that the test suite
> generates so many 'sh\d+.\d+' files on /tmp, that 'make check' cannot
> finish, as /tmp is flooded.

Thanks for letting us know.  The test suite problem is more an
Autoconf issue so I'm CC'ing this to bug-autoconf.

First, are you testing AIX 4.3.3 because you normally install GNU
software and need to use it on 4.3.3, or simply for portability tests
like this?  I'm asking because IBM stopped supporting 4.3.3 in 2003
(says <http://www.softwaredevelopment.ca/fyios.shtml>) and if this
means nobody is seriously using it then we don't need to worry about
it.  (5.2 is another matter, of course.)

Second, which shell was used to execute the test suite?  I'm not
talking about the "#! /bin/sh" line at the start of tests/testsuite;
I'm talking about the shell that "make check" used to run it.  E.g.,
on my host it uses /bin/sh because "make check" eventually does this:

   make[2]: Entering directory `/home/eggert/src/gnu/bison/tests'
   /bin/sh ./testsuite 
   ## ------------------------- ##
   ## GNU Bison 2.3 test suite. ##
   ## ------------------------- ##

   Input Processing.

     1: Invalid dollar-n                             ok
     2: Invalid @n                                   ok

and the "/bin/sh" tells us which shell.


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