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RE: UNC and POSIX paths
- From: <gmt at malth dot us>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:54:52 -0700
- Subject: RE: UNC and POSIX paths
- References: <003501ce6b5f$b41f2c10$1c5d8430$%fedin at samsung dot com> <kpn4kk$p88$1 at ger dot gmane dot org> <036c01ce6b6d$0ada5090$208ef1b0$ at malth dot us> <kpnfp7$urd$1 at ger dot gmane dot org>
On Mon, 17 Jun 2013, at 10:07, Andrew DeFaria thusly quipped:
> On 06/17/2013 08:12 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>> Why not simply fix the "not very well written configure scripts and
>>> makefiles"instead? BTW I've never come across a single one of those.
>>> Where are you getting yours?
>> Can't answer this offhand (aware you didn't ask me :P) but, under the
>> misguidance of PM's like Gentoo(portage) and rpm(build), when combined
>> with poorly and/or belligerently written packaging scripts, this can
>> happen incessantly. But that mostly only comes up when building
>> Frankencygwins. Sometimes you can fix it by forcing something like
> I'm trying to understand the reluctance towards "fixing the problem" and
> the insistence on "putting a band aid on it". So in the above, why would
> instead do --prefix=/usr/local?
This is indeed a band-aid in the truest sense of the metaphor. It relies
on the specificity of POSIX's reservation of "//" for platform purposes (and
cygwin's correct implementation of same) -- unlike "//", anything matching
the regex "^///[/]*$" is, indeed, equivalent to "/". So, as if the POSIX
"//" reservation wasn't an obscure enough fact, here is a way to /really/
impress people at cocktail parties :)
As to why not fix the upstreams committing these atrocities, it's the
obvious reason -- occasionally one encounters a large body of dense,
non-fixable-by-sed/perl, poorly commented "spaghetti" script-code that makes
"clever," deep usage of the assumption that "//" == "/". Being able to turn
this feature off at one's option would enable them to rule out "//" as a
problem when they suspect it might be, and have the additional benefit of
not having to fix such code, in order to run it.
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