On 14 Feb 2022 19:53, Paul Eggert wrote: > On 2/14/22 19:45, Mike Frysinger wrote: > > how portable is xargs ? > > It can be a porting problem, unfortunately. There are several corner > cases that various implementations don't get right. I expect this is why > the GNU Coding Standards exclude xargs from the list of programs that > 'configure' and Makefile rules can use.
are the corner cases known ? if it's such that xargs doesn't always correctly limit itself to the system limit based on other factors, i can live with that assuming that the -n option is reliable. the trouble here is that in order to implement its own xargs logic, Automake has to expand things exactly once. atm, it happens when invoking rm, but if we want to partition things up, they have to be expanded first once, and then passed to the command directly. without shell arrays or other fancy tools, this is difficult to pull off :(. -mike
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