[Python-Dev] Does autoconfig detect INSTALL incorrectly?
Guido van Rossum
Mon, 29 Jan 2001 18:59:34 -0500
> 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.
It's too long for me to remember, and I bet this was before
AC_PROG_INSTALL. If there's a reason to prefer a working "install"
over install-sh, feel free to do the right thing! (You're in charge
of the Makefile anyway now, it seems. :-)
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)