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bug #27515: install-sh is broken with current automake

Submitted by:  -Deleted Account- <bjg>
Submitted on:  Thu 24 Sep 2009 10:29:57 AM UTC  
Category:  Build Severity:  4 - Important
Operating System:  Status:  Fixed
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  1.13

Thu 11 Mar 2010 07:45:25 AM UTC, comment #3:

fixed in gsl-1.14

-Deleted Account- <bjg>
Thu 25 Feb 2010 04:04:57 PM UTC, comment #2:

Version in the repository is updated. Need to make sure it gets in the release!

-Deleted Account- <bjg>
Wed 24 Feb 2010 09:36:02 AM UTC, comment #1:

See the errata section on http://www.gnu.org/software/gsl/
for a link to a working install-sh

-Deleted Account- <bjg>
Thu 24 Sep 2009 10:29:57 AM UTC, original submission:

From: Alexander Belikoff <abelikoff@gmail.com>
To: -email is unavailable-
Subject: [Bug-gsl] GSL installation bug
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:20:15 -0400

Hello – I’m trying to install GSL on Solaris 10 and I’ve run into an
installation procedure bug. At least in ./matrix directory the install
command is:

.././install-sh -c -m 644 gsl_matrix.h gsl_matrix_char.h
gsl_matrix_complex_double.h gsl_matrix_complex_float.h
gsl_matrix_complex_long_double.h gsl_matrix_double.h gsl_matrix_float.h
gsl_matrix_int.h gsl_matrix_long.h gsl_matrix_long_double.h
gsl_matrix_short.h gsl_matrix_uchar.h gsl_matrix_uint.h gsl_matrix_ulong.h
gsl_matrix_ushort.h TARGET_DIR

However, install-sh is coded in such a way that it only uses the first
non-option argument as a source and the last one as destination quietly
ignoring the rest of them. This results in only gsl_matrix.h being installed
and all other headers quietly ignored.

I'll try to hack a patch overnight and send it over to you guys.

-- Sasha
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From: Peter Johansson <peterandrejohansson@gmail.com>
To: Alexander Belikoff <abelikoff@gmail.com>
Cc: -email is unavailable-
Subject: Re: [Bug-gsl] GSL installation bug
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:05:31 -0400

Hello Sasha,

please keep bug-gsl in cc (especially since I'm just a user and not the

Alexander Belikoff wrote:

> Hello Peter - thanks for the quick response. Cannot check right now,
> will do tomorrow morning. GSL itself was downloaded as a .tgz package
> from GNU FTP server (version 1.13). What install-sh does, is the
> following: the moment it finds a non-option argument it assigns it to
> src variable. Next time it finds a non-option argument, given that
> $src is non-empty, it assigns it to dst. As a result, after
> processing the command-line arguments, $src is the first non-option
> arg, and $dst is the last one with everything in between ignored.

I downloaded the latest gsl (1.13) and indeed the behavior of install-sh
is sub-optimal. When I previously claimed that install-sh worked as
expected for me that was based on an install-sh that comes with automake
1.11 (script version 2009-04-28.21). That version of install-sh differs
significantly from the one in gsl 1.13. It seems like the install-sh has
not been updated when the maintainer has updated his automake. The
Makefile.ins that come in gsl 1.13 are created by automake 1.11 but
install-sh is probably an older version. In order to update install-sh
(and friends) one needs to (as a maintainer) call automake with the
--force switch. I noticed that the autogen.sh script in the git
repository calls automake without the --force switch, which might
explain why the files have never been updated.

> I've fixed it for my installation by lifting install-sh from another
> package and putting it in place of the one in GSL.

Seems like a good workaround.

> Anyway, I'll provide more info tomorrow...


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Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
2010-03-11 bjg Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
2010-02-25 bjg StatusConfirmed => Fixed

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