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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49213] Please use $host_alias for canonical h

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Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49213] Please use $host_alias for canonical host (m4/acinclude.m4:2010)
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:13:02 +0000 (UTC)
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Follow-up Comment #3, bug #49213 (project octave):

Perhaps I understand things a bit better now:

Boring background:
pkgsrc uses a very plain script to discover MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM:


config.guess appends -gnu for Debian* machines, we don't distinguish them.

in octave, it seems this string is used as the directory name for some files,
so we end up with a file:

Once the build process is done, pkgsrc has an installation process which (I
think) forms a package based on files in a package file list, with pathnames
of the files to be used.

Because we aim to install for more than one operating system, we use
${MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM} in this list, rather than a fixed

However, the directory octave used and the directory we expect via our

I'm not entirely sure why config.guess decides it should guess what $host is,
because --host is also passed.


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