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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: --datadir and symbolic links
Date Mon, 08 Jun 1998 17:43:22 GMT

In article <199806022031.QAA16174@siam.gensym> you wrote:

> Suggestion for 1.3.1

> I like the new ./configure now that I've gotten around
> to using it.

> It would be nice if --datadir could be checked at install 
> or configuration time for symbolic links along the way.

> In testing the tarball I encountered lots of machines with
> users, tmp, and share automounted or just redirected with
> via symbolic links.  

> When this happens the build/install all goes just fine, but
> the first fetch fails with "not allowed" and "[error]
> Symbolic link not allowed: /tmp/" appears in the error_log.

> The finally banner, i.e. 

> | You now have successfully built and installed the      |
> ...
> | Thanks ...

> might suggest looking at the error_log when it doesn't
> seem to work.

I'll try to integrate this in my patch for 1.3.1-dev which already corrects
Port, Group, ServerAdmin, etc. at install time. Perhaps a warning can be done
for your symlink problem.
                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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