[Python-Dev] Does autoconfig detect INSTALL incorrectly?

Neil Schemenauer nas@arctrix.com
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 00:30:56 -0800

Why is the configure.in file set to always use "install-sh"?
There is a comment that says:

    # Install just never works :-(

I don't think that statement is accurate.  /usr/bin/install works
quite well on my machine.  The only commments I can find in the
changelog are:

    revision 1.16
    date: 1995/01/20 14:12:16;  author: guido;  state: Exp;  lines: +27 -2
    add INSTALL_PROGRAM and INSTALL_DATA; check for getopt


    revision 1.5
    date: 1994/08/19 15:33:51;  author: guido;  state: Exp;  lines: +14 -6
    Simplify value of INSTALL (always 'cp').

Is there any reason why the autoconf macro AC_PROG_INSTALL is not used?  The
documentation seems to indicate that is does what we want.