[sane-devel] Mac OS X: configure script errors

Peter Schoenrank peter at schoenrank.ca
Wed Mar 25 15:45:02 UTC 2009

Given that the configure problem I encountered is with Autotools (see  
below) rather than with sane-backends, perhaps someone could add a  
note to the README.darwin to warn other novices?


On 09-Mar-24, at 23:34, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

> Yep.  We have worked some way to let the next Autoconf and Automake
> versions (which will be 2.64 and 1.11, respectively) have less  
> problems
> in this regard.  That will suffice to build several packages
> successfully in directories with spaces.  However, it won't be a
> panacea, in that many package configure.ac scripts have problems with
> those spaces, too, and what's most important: Libtool hasn't been  
> fixed
> in this regard.
> This trouble really roots in the way the Bourne shell works, namely by
> using white space as argument delimiter, and how awkward it is to  
> write
> shell scripts that cope with this.  Sorry you had to learn the hard  
> way.
> Cheers,
> Ralf

* Peter Schoenrank wrote to bug-autoconf at gnu.org on Tue, Mar 24, 2009  
at 09:32:23PM CET:

> When trying to build sane-backends in Mac OS X on an Intel iMac, I ran
> into a problem (see below). It appears that the configure script does
> not cope with spaces in the name of a directory in the path to the
> directory in which it resides.

Peter Schoenrank
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