GNU bug report logs - #23058
Bug found in libtool make process

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Package: libtool; Reported by: "Villeneuve, Donald H" <donald.h.villeneuve@HIDDEN>; dated Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:45:02 UTC; Maintainer for libtool is bug-libtool@HIDDEN.

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On 2016-03-19 00:55, Villeneuve, Donald H wrote:
> Hi,
> We build and use libtool for one of the products we are working on.
>  
> In the course of build libtool the following was noticed:
>  
> 1)      Do as usual a configure   everything seems fine
> 2)      export U=abcxyz_idoNotcare_whatitis
> 3)      make
>  
> The make will fail because in the course of its run, it will use a variable called $U.
> This bug was noticed when installing libtool 2.4.2 under
> Linux-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64-x86_64-with-redhat-6.7-Santiago
> GNU Make 3.81
>  
> The fix is clear: Someone must not use U as a variable name.  In this case, the customer was using the variable U as follows:
>     export U=~/util
> So as a shortcut for their utility directory, which seems to be an admissible use case.
>  
> Ive not check more recent versions of libtool against this bug.  But as we move away from 2.4.2, it would be not to have to worry about this one.
> Thanks.
>  
> If you have any further questions, more details can be provided.
> Donald

This is not a libtool bug, it is caused by some bad interaction
between autoconf and automake in the code for support of pre-ANSI
compilers. See [1] for an old dup of your report. Automake has
removed support for pre-ANSI compilers since a couple of years,
maybe it is time for autoconf to follow?

Cheers,
Peter

http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-autoconf/2010-02/msg00013.html




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Hi,
We build and use libtool for one of the products we are working on.

In the course of build libtool the following was noticed:


1)      Do as usual a configure  --> everything seems fine

2)      export U=3Dabcxyz_idoNotcare_whatitis

3)      make

The make will fail because in the course of its run, it will use a variable=
 called $U.
This bug was noticed when installing libtool 2.4.2 under
Linux-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64-x86_64-with-redhat-6.7-Santiago
GNU Make 3.81

The fix is clear: Someone must not use U as a variable name.  In this case,=
 the customer was using the variable U as follows:
    export U=3D~/util
So as a shortcut for their utility directory, which seems to be an admissib=
le use case.

I've not check more recent versions of libtool against this bug.  But as we=
 move away from 2.4.2, it would be not to have to worry about this one.
Thanks.

If you have any further questions, more details can be provided.
Donald


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<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">The make will fail because in the course of its run,=
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">This bug was noticed when installing libtool 2.4.2 u=
nder <o:p>
</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Linux-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64-x86_64-with-redhat-6.7-S=
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">GNU Make 3.81<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">The fix is clear: Someone must not use U as a variab=
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ws:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; export U=3D~/util<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">So as a shortcut for their utility directory, which =
seems to be an admissible use case.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">I&#8217;ve not check more recent versions of libtool=
 against this bug.&nbsp; But as we move away from 2.4.2, it would be not to=
 have to worry about this one.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Thanks.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">If you have any further questions, more details can =
be provided.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Donald<o:p></o:p></p>
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