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gnulib broken on systems lacking fchdir

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: gnulib broken on systems lacking fchdir
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 12:52:54 -0600
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(...which, aside from the infamous NSK/OSS you've all come to hate me for :-) reportedly includes OS/2. According to "The Linux Programmer's Manual" (i.e. 'man fchdir'), "The fchdir call is compatible with SVr4, 4.4BSD and X/OPEN". Note the conspicuous absence of "POSIX".)

I also noticed that although there is a HAVE_FCHDIR (properly set in config.h), it is not being used.

How needed are the *at functions? Can I rip them out? Can I emulate fchdir()? Is there some other way to achieve what fchdir() is being used for?

(coreutils folks, this means I'm not even going to bother attempting to build 6.x again until this is resolved, since it most likely won't work.)

Emacs is a nice OS - but it lacks a good text editor. That's why I am using Vim. -- Anonymous

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