2006.03.27 23:18 "[Tiff] Compile errors Tiff-3.8.0 on FreeBSD 5.4", by Karyn Williams

2006.04.03 17:02 "Re: [Tiff] configure in tiff-3.8.2 cannot deal with path with spaces", by

If this is an autoconf's bug, should I file a bug against it? I cannot believe that in the twenty-first century we cannot yet deal with spaces and other characters in the pathname…

Autoconf produces a Unix shell script. Unix shell scripts pass arguments to sub-commands using spaces to delimit the arguments. Sometimes argument lists are expanded multiple times and expanded arguments may include spaces. Given the differences in shell behavior across the many systems that Autoconf supports, it is a very difficult job to fix the spaces problem. The Autoconf maintainers are well aware of the issue but no fix is within easy reach.

Thanks for the thoroughly explanation, Bob.

I'll study shell scripting and autoconf, maybe I'll come up with a patch only for my particular system.

In the meantime, I'll try to get rid of spaces in the path. Regards,

Andrea "XFox" Govoni

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