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Re: [opensuse] /bin/rm: Argument list too long
  • From: Sam Clemens <clemens.sam1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 03:36:16 -0400
  • Message-id: <47EC9FF0.1000209@xxxxxxxxx>
Brian K. White wrote:
Consider the implications of this for a while:
Why does ./configure run an empirical test, trying progressively larger and
larger command lines until it breaks?

which "configure" is that?

$ which configure

Hmmm... it seems that "configure" is *NOT* a standard command.

What do you think about that?

I think anyone who sees dot-slash-configure and pretends not
>to know what it refers to has lost the focus of the discussion.

No...I was driving home a point.

Although common, "configure" is a not a standard program

Or if they really don't know then they are not qualified to have any opinion in
this discussion.
Sure, a lot of unix happened before 1991 when autoconf was first created, but
is a person who got very experienced but then dropped out in '91 so thoroughly
that they never enountered ./configure in the next _17_ years likely to be on
an opensuse mail list ?

Configure doesn't know diddly squat about an environment..
that's why it runs a million tests trying to figure out
just what is and is not there, and what capabilities the
system has, before trying to even create a Makefile, and
usually, determine which CFLAGS to mandate, etc.

I agree completely that within any particular bag of tools sold as part of one
kit under one name will generally all adhere to the same set of limits across
the board.

I was pointedly alluding to code and/or bins that may not come from the same
source as this or that particular xargs binary.

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