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Re: configure and $TEMP

From: Chris Lightfoot
Subject: Re: configure and $TEMP
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 23:38:02 +0000
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On Sat, Nov 22, 2003 at 10:38:11PM -0500, Larry Jones wrote:
> Chris Lightfoot writes:
> > 
> > Suggested fix: either change the check for $TMPDIR etc. in
> > configure to a --with-default-temporary-directory=...; or
> > document the fact that the build system picks up this
> > directory in the output of configure --help or some other
> > plausible place.
> It's already there!  You must have overlooked it in the configure --help
> output under "Optional Packages:".  It says:
>   --with-tmpdir           The temporary directory CVS should use as a default
>                           (default autoselects)
> And when you run configure, it tells you what it autoselected:
>       checking for temporary directory... /tmp

So it does. My bad.

I wouldn't have guessed that `autoselects' means `picks up
from $TMPDIR', though -- I'd have guessed it meant
choosing between /tmp and /var/tmp, or something.

(The wider point is that I think saving the value of the
environment variable used at build time is really broken,
but obviously that's a matter of opinion....)

``This then, was the apex of Soviet 1960's electronic...
  or at least electric, design-- a safety system that both
  causes, and worsens, disasters.'' (Ami Silberman, on Soviet moon rockets)

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