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Mon, 18 Aug 2003 16:57:00 +0200
Gnus/5.1002 (Gnus v5.10.2) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)
> address@hidden writes:
>> This is the same problem you are having with patsubst and regex
>> right? I'm not sure that I understand the criterion for determining
>> whether a builtin is underquoting. Are you saying that the argument
>> collecter needs to be more careful with quotes, or that the
>> internals of some builtins should add quotes before they shipout
>> their results?
> The latter. For example, you need to be able to take an arbitrary
> string and use those builtins to select a part of it. Currently
> you can't do it, since the resulting string isn't quoted, and is
> rescanned so the quotes are lost.
> Also, there needs to be a mechanism for handling arbitrary strings,
> including strings with unbalanced quotes. This is a continual problem
> with Autoconf; it causes lots of problems with users.
Definitely. Once these issues fixed in M4, we can proceed onto the
next "bugs": mostly bottlenecks that would dramatically speed up
Autoconf if they were addressed.
For instance, m4_foreach, m4_map would certainly help. Once the
module system stable, I think we can proceed to having M4 modules in