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sr #110417: Do not generate a back up file when running autoreconf

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Tue 05 Jan 2021 12:35:46 PM UTC
Priority:  * 2 - Eventually Severity:  1 - Wish
Status:  Need Changes Elsewhere Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  Open Operating System:  None
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Sat 20 Apr 2024 03:23:41 PM UTC, comment #4: 

I also think it would be a good idea if there was a way to disable this.

Kip <kip>
Fri 08 Dec 2023 03:58:50 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Desirable but needs a coordinated change with Automake.  And someone to do the work.

Zack Weinberg <zackw>
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Wed 09 Feb 2022 06:27:30 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Yes, you can write a patch to add a way to tell `sub update_file` not to create backup files, and then wire that up to command line options in each of the programs that use `update_file`.  You need to start by patching Automake, because the file that defines `update_file` is shared between the two projects.  Once your patch is committed in Automake, then you write a second patch to update Autoconf's copy of and add the command line options to Autoconf's programs.

Zack Weinberg <zackw>
Group administrator
Wed 09 Feb 2022 05:52:10 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This is pretty annoying and seems trivial to fix. Is there any way to help with actually fixing it?

Vadim Zeitlin <zeitlin>
Tue 05 Jan 2021 12:35:46 PM UTC, original submission:  

Moving from autoconf v2.69 to v2.70, autoconf started to generate back-up files of the configure script by appending a tilde ~. Give the opportunity to the user to disable this behaviour, that is, do never generate a configure~.

The following is the response from Zack Weinberg to this request in the mailing list on 04/Jan/2021:

> It is not currently possible to disable this.  (The offending code is
> `sub update_file` in $prefix/share/autoconf/Autom4te/; if
> you look at it, you will see that the suffix used for the backup file
> can be changed with the $SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX environment variable,
> but there isn't any way to tell it not to create the backup at all.)

> Because is shared with Automake, changes require
> coordination between the two projects and take even longer than
> normal.  Would you please file an issue for this feature request,
> using
> (you may need to create an account) so we don't forget about it?



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    2023-12-08 zackw Priority5 - Unprioritized 2 - Eventually
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