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Re: [HACKERS] Re: Depending on system install scripts (was Re: COBOL)

From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian(at)airs(dot)com>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Jarom Hagen <jhagen(at)telematch(dot)com>, <pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>, <pgsql-bugs(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Re: Depending on system install scripts (was Re: COBOL)
Date: 2001-03-09 00:18:43
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Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:

> Tom Lane writes:
> > I've suggested a couple of times that since we include install-sh in our
> > distro anyway, it's pointless and unnecessarily risky to go looking for
> > a platform-supplied install program.  However, I could never quite get
> > anyone else to see the reasoning.  Now that I have this sterling example
> > to point to, I'm going to start rattling the cage again.  Why don't we
> > get rid of the configure-time search for 'install', and just always use
> > our own script?
> I've sent this to the Autoconf list for some comment, but in general I
> agree with you.

All the programs which use the Cygnus configure tree (e.g., gdb, GNU
binutils) always use install-sh rather than the system install

The system install program can be faster.  But it isn't standardized,
so if you want to be highly portable, using the shell script really is


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