cygwin configure problem

Smith, Gene gene.smith at
Tue Aug 17 17:23:17 UTC 2004

Ralf Corsepius wrote, On 8/17/2004 11:47 AM:

> On Tue, 2004-08-17 at 17:16, Smith, Gene wrote:
>>cd `pwd`
>>Pwd generates a string containing "Documents and Settings" but cd 
>>trucates it at the first un-escaped space producing just ".../Documents" 
>>which causes the choke.
>>Guess I will have to move my rtems stuff to where the cygwin path 
>>contains no spaces.
> Exactly. It's a general limitation with all autoconf generated configure
> scripts. There are occasions where quoting strings containing white
> spaces fail. Sometimes, the cause is a bug in autoconf, sometimes the
> cause is a bug in the shell being used, sometimes it's a bug elsewhere.
> Rule of thumb: Don't use whitespaces.
> Ralf

I agree. They are evil in pathnames, email address, URLs etc. But some
OS vendors seem to encourage them. ;)

Anyhow, I moved my rtems stuff to a space-free path and now am stumped
again. Spits out this after going a while,

configure: error: invalid variable name: build_alias
configure: error: /bin/sh
'../../../../rtems-4.6.1/tools/cpu/generic/configure' failed for generic
configure: error: /bin/sh '../../../rtems-4.6.1/tools/cpu/configure'
failed for tools/cpu

Then configure stops.

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