Why doesn't autoconf like our /bin/sh?

Peter Jeremy peterjeremy at optushome.com.au
Tue Mar 11 08:08:31 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 09, 2008 at 03:27:12PM -0400, Mike Meyer wrote:
>I've stumbled on to an obscure problem with autoconf 2.61, and I'm not
>sure quite what to do with it. I've already sent mail to the autoconf
>folks, but I'd like to understand what's going on.

Simplest explanation is that autotools are broken by design.  After my
recent experiences, I've come to the conclusion that they are designed
to impede the portability of software.

>My question is, why doesn't the configure script just accept /bin/sh?

Probably because it's not bash.

Peter Jeremy
Please excuse any delays as the result of my ISP's inability to implement
an MTA that is either RFC2821-compliant or matches their claimed behaviour.
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