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Re: gzip-1.3.10 test failures

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: gzip-1.3.10 test failures
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:40:50 -0800
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"Nelson H. F. Beebe" <address@hidden> writes:

>>> It could well be that the 'configure' is not finding a
>>> POSIX-compatible shell on SGI IRIX MIPS, even though such a shell does
>>> exist.  If so, we can focus on getting that to work; that should fix
>>> the problem with zgrep.
> If you need $(...) for nesting, then the best choice is likely to be a
> Korn shell or a lookalike.  /bin/ksh, /bin/bash, /bin/pdksh, /bin/zsh,
> and companions in /usr/bin and $(prefix)/bin seem reasonable.

Yes.  'configure' tries shells in the order /bin/sh, /bin/bash,
/bin/ksh.  It does not test for $(...) support.  Still, it prefers
shells that support shell functions, so I am surprised it picked a
shell that lacks $(...) when ksh was available.

Does /bin/sh support shell functions on your host?  If so, we can fix
the problem by changing Autoconf to also prefer shells that support

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