Peter Eisentraut <> writes:
> On 7/30/17 12:50, Tom Lane wrote:
>> The reason it does that seems to be that we use AC_CHECK_PROGS
>> rather than AC_PATH_PROGS for locating "prove".  I can see no
>> particular consistency to the decisions made in
>> about which to use:

> We use the "PATH" variants when we need a fully qualified name.  For
> example, at some point or another, we needed to substitute a fully
> qualified perl binary name into the headers of scripts.

> If there is no such requirement, then we should use the non-PATH variants.

Why?  That risks failures of various sorts, and you have not stated
any actual benefit of it.

In cases where people do things like sticking non-default Perl builds
into nonstandard places, failing to record the absolute path to the
program configure saw is both a documentation fail and a clear hazard
to build reproducibility.  I think that "you can change your PATH and
get a different Perl version without reconfiguring" is an anti-feature,
because it poses a very high risk of not actually working.

                        regards, tom lane

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