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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: How to build 2.0 with autoconf
Date Fri, 21 Jan 2000 17:38:20 GMT

In article <> you wrote:
> wrote:
> [...]
>> o Is it possible for me to run autoconf only on Solaris, where it's
>>   relatively well supported, and use its purportedly portable
>>   output on both Solaris and OS/390?
> Yes, in theory. Sometimes it doesn't work because autoconf generates
> complex sh code which overflows some buffers on old sh's and thus
> the user may need to run it under bash or ksh. 

And another reason why, as I tried to explain, using Autoconf scripts
only as backend tools is reasonable for Apache: This way the frontend
script can automatically find a better shell before running the Autoconf
stuff. And there are lots of similar environment adjustments which such
a frontend can and has to adjust...
                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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