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bug#15518: rm test

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: bug#15518: rm test
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:28:07 +0000

tags 15518 wontfix
close 15518

On 09/30/2013 02:49 AM, Tim Rice wrote:>
> Reporting as requested.
> checking for a BSD-compatible install... 
> /opt/src/gnu/m4-1.4.17/build-aux/install-sh -c
> checking whether build environment is sane... yes
> checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... 
> /opt/src/gnu/m4-1.4.17/build-aux/install-sh -c -d
> checking for gawk... gawk
> checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
> checking whether make supports nested variables... no
> UX:rm: ERROR: Incorrect usage
> UX:rm: TO FIX: Usage: rm [-fiRr] file ...
> Oops!
> Your 'rm' program seems unable to run without file operands specified
> on the command line, even when the '-f' option is present.  This is contrary
> [snip]
> configure: error: Your 'rm' program is bad, sorry.
>                                        ^^^
>      Bad? I don't think so. Old? Sure.
> PATH=/usr/bin:/opt/bin:/usr/ccs/bin:/usr/ucb:/usr/gnu/bin:/usr/java/bin:/usr/local/bin:/homes/tim/bin/UnixWare
> config.guess says i686-unknown-sysv5UnixWare7.1.4
My suggestion: install GNU rm, or adjust your PATH in case you have
already another better (errm, younger :-) 'rm' installed .  Future
versions of automake (ETA still undetermined) will require an 'rm'
program that doesn't choke when invoked with the "-f" option and no
arguments.  Also, the next version of POSIX will mandate such a

For more information and background, see:

I'm closing the bug because the plan of requiring argumentless "rm -f"
to just work remains in place; the request for a report that is issued
by the script (and that prompted you to open this bug report) is more
to allow us to have some gauge of how many systems we are going to
affect with that change (yours is the first one so far), rather than
to decide whether to go along with it.


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