cygwin configure problem

Joel Sherrill <> joel.sherrill at
Tue Aug 17 20:10:11 UTC 2004

Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> 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.

Right.  I have found it difficult to even write shell scripts and have
arguments with spaces in them to reliably get passed around.

This is probably a tip worth adding to the Getting Started since
it isn't that uncommon to find yourself under "Documents and Settings"
under XP.

> Ralf

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