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sr #110573: AR_CONFIG_AUX_DIR(S) does not recognize shell vars nor absolute paths

Submitter:  Dominik Kummer <domson>
Submitted:  Tue 30 Nov 2021 04:31:46 PM UTC
Priority:  * 1 - Blocked Severity:  2 - Minor
Status:  Need Info Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
Operating System:  GNU/Linux
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Fri 08 Dec 2023 01:47:32 AM UTC, comment #2: 

We regret the delay in responding to this report.

Your suggested changes do not make sense to me.  There should be no behavioral difference between

m4_bmatch([$1], [^/.*], [...])


m4_bmatch([$1], [^/], [...])

because m4_bmatch does not require the pattern to match the entire string.  And anything that could match \$\{?[A-Za-z] should have been sent to the other branch of the AS_LITERAL_WORD_IF.

Could you please provide some examples of uses of AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR that do not work correctly for you with the code in 2.71?  As many as you have.

Zack Weinberg <zackw>
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Tue 30 Nov 2021 04:40:08 PM UTC, comment #1: 

This could work btw

                 [^/.*],       [$1],
                 [\$\{?[A-Za-z]], [$1],

Dominik Kummer <domson>
Tue 30 Nov 2021 04:31:46 PM UTC, original submission:  

AR_CONFIG_AUX_DIR macro in general.m4 does seem to have insufficient regex, and does therefore not correspond to its description which is

# ----------------------
# Find auxiliary scripts (e.g. install-sh, config.sub, config.guess)
# in DIR.  If DIR is a literal shell word and not an absolute path,
# it is interpreted relative to $srcdir; otherwise it is assumed to be
# usable as-is._

I experimented with a custom macro:

                 [^/.*],       [$1],      # added '.*' suffix
                 [^[a-z]:/], [$1],        # is that to match shell vars?

Dominik Kummer <domson>


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