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sr #110297: AC_PATH_PROG should accept a basename as an override

Submitted by:  Zack Weinberg <zackw>
Submitted on:  Wed 26 Aug 2020 01:57:49 PM UTC  
Category:  None Priority:  1 - Later
Severity:  1 - Wish Status:  Confirmed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Operating System:  None

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Wed 26 Aug 2020 01:58:26 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is a long-standing issue so it can wait for after 2.70.

Zack Weinberg <zackw>
Project Administrator
Wed 26 Aug 2020 01:57:49 PM UTC, original submission:  

If a configure script uses AC_CHECK_PROG to find a program,  then the person running configure can use "./configure PROGRAM=renamed" to direct configure to use a different name for the program.  However, if it uses AC_PATH_PROG, then the person running configure must supply an absolute path to PROGRAM, otherwise the setting is silently ignored.  This is confusing.  If given a relative path, it should convert it to an absolute one; if given a basename, it should walk $PATH for that name instead.

Zack Weinberg <zackw>
Project Administrator


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