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bug#42529: configure: error: Your 'rm' program is bad, sorry.

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: bug#42529: configure: error: Your 'rm' program is bad, sorry.
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2020 08:44:40 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Fri, 20 Nov 2020, Karl Berry wrote:

Hi Bob - (sorry for the delayed reply)

   On an OpenIndiana system without the GNU utilities
   Usage: rm [-cFdfirRuv] file ...]

So, it seems that system's rm does not accept "rm -f" (with no file
operands)? (I don't have access to any such system to check.)  If so, it
seems the error message is correctly reporting the state of things,
including the possible workaround, so I don't see anything to do?
Closing this now. Feel free to reopen (or just reply) if there is
something more automake should be doing. Thanks for the report. -k

The "system's" rm in this case is ksh93's built-in rm emulation.

As we all know, the shell attempts to expand arguments before passing them to a command.

Behavior of ksh93 (which has a bug) appears to depend on the PATH setting so it will behave differently if /usr/xpg4/bin or /usr/xpg6/bin appear in the path.

Bob Friesenhahn
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