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Not all dev tools like spaces in paths? - Mac Programming

I am trying to compile the FFTW library unter 10.3.3. All went well until I got an error message saying that "ar" couldn't find a certain file or directory. The path printed in the message ended with a directory that has a space in its name, and the path was truncated at that point. Is this normal for ar? Oliver...

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    Default Not all dev tools like spaces in paths?

    I am trying to compile the FFTW library unter 10.3.3.
    All went well until I got an error message saying that
    "ar" couldn't find a certain file or directory. The path printed
    in the message ended with a directory that has a space
    in its name, and the path was truncated at that point.
    Is this normal for ar?

    Oliver
    Oliver Guest

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    Default Re: Not all dev tools like spaces in paths?

    On Mon, 17 May 2004, Oliver wrote:
     

    It has nothing to do with 'ar'. Unless a tool is spectacularly badly
    written, it won't care about spaces in arguments. However, when you're
    typing the path in the shell, the spaces have to be escaped. You haven't
    given any details about how you're compiling the program, I can't really
    help, but most likely somebody forgot to add some quotes in a makefile or
    something like that.
    Michael Guest

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    Default Re: Not all dev tools like spaces in paths?

    In article <twistedsys.net>,
    Michael Ash <com> wrote:
     

    configure and make.
    It compiled without problems for some minutes and then stopped with
    the described error.
    (I have FFTW 3.01 fma-version btw.)

    Oliver
    Oliver Guest

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    Default Re: Not all dev tools like spaces in paths?

    In article <net>,
    Oliver <de> wrote:
     
    >
    > configure and make.
    > It compiled without problems for some minutes and then stopped with
    > the described error.
    > (I have FFTW 3.01 fma-version btw.)[/ref]

    It's extraordinarily hard to deal with special characters in makefiles.
    Spaces normally aren't *all* that difficult -- though it depends on what
    you're doing -- but since solving the entire problem is all but
    impossible many makefile authors just punt on any of it. You'll have a
    much easier time in the long run if you build your Unix-y software from
    a path that doesn't contain spaces or any other "special" characters.

    -Eric

    --
    Eric Albert stanford.edu
    http://rescomp.stanford.edu/~ejalbert/
    Eric Guest

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    Default Re: Not all dev tools like spaces in paths?

    In article <stanford.edu>,
    Eric Albert <stanford.edu> wrote:
     

    so it seems. thanks

    Oliver
    Oliver Guest

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