[PATCHES] loads of patches for the book

Greg Schafer gschafer at zip.com.au
Tue Jun 17 15:39:33 PDT 2003

On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 11:23:22PM +0100, James Iwanek wrote:
> lots of fixes and cleanups for the book attached:

> coreutils-updates: many programs look for uname in /usr/bin
> man-updates: (cosmetic) man references /usr/bin/col, make a fake version so
> its referenced in man.conf
> ncurses-updates: ncurses checks for /usr/bin/man, lets make it think that
> man is there
> utillinux-updates: many programs look for arch in /usr/bin

I object to the above changes as they make no difference to the final system
at all. My iteration tests prove it. You seem to have taken a simplistic
viewpoint by looking at config.log and so forth. Like I've said in the past,
what matters is the final outcome (i.e. the installed binaries, not the
intermediate build dirs). None of the above affect the final outcome AFAICT.
The point you seem to be missing is that autoconf scripts go to all sorts of
lengths to allow for running on various platforms and therefore do a lot of
stuff that ends up being superfluous on a basic Linux system.

> vim-updates: use a tidier fix for vimrc (also make it compatible with
> vim-6.2)

Unless I'm mistaken, you appear to be missing a single quote here:-

echo #define SYSVIMRC_FILE "/etc/vimrc"' >> src/feature.h

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