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sr #108364: Makefile uses `perl -f` without checking for availability

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Fri 16 Aug 2013 04:39:53 PM UTC  
Category:  None Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  Done
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Paul Eggert <eggert>
Originator Email:  -email is unavailable- Open/Closed:  Closed
Operating System:  Mac OS

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Wed 04 Sep 2013 03:30:17 PM UTC, comment #1:

This is fixed in the maint branch, a maintenance release will follow. Thanks!


Akim Demaille <akim>
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Fri 16 Aug 2013 04:39:53 PM UTC, original submission:

The bison makefile uses `perl -f` for its extract script, but doesn't check for availability of that flag.

The `-f` flag, which ignores $sitelib/ at startup, was added to perl sometime after 5.8. I encountered this error when trying to install bison on Mac OS X 10.4.11, which shipped with perl 5.8.6. Bison doesn't have a documented perl version requirement that I can find, and the configure script accepted the version of perl found.

Perl exits with an error on encountering unknown flags, so the bison build fails instantly because of this.

Sample extract variable from the makefile:

> extract = VERSION="$(VERSION)" $(PERL) -f $(extexi) $(doc) --



(Note: upload size limit is set to 16384 kB, after insertion of the required escape characters.)

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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2013-09-04 akim StatusNone => Done
        Assigned toNone => eggert
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed

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