[sudo-workers] SUMMARY: sudo 1.6.8p1 configure problems on SunOS4 ...

Alek O. Komarnitsky (N-CSC) alek at ast.lmco.com
Thu Sep 23 17:21:14 EDT 2004

With some GREAT assistance from Todd, we tracked this down.

The bad news is that there is a bug/limitation with the Sun 
supplied shells that causes it to choke when running configure;
you end up with a buncha sh* files in /tmp after it fiddles for
what seems like forever - probably at least 5 minutes.
And I highly doubt Sun will be patching their SunOS4 shells ...  ;-)

The good news is you can use bash (and perhaps other more
modern shells) which does NOT choke.  And it runs configure 
a LOT faster. One subtly is that you need to have bash in 
your path since Configure will try to look there and exec 
the "best" shell for you - i.e. just typing "bash" and running 
configure from there won't work if the bash executeable isn't 
found by configure - sneaky of it, eh?!?   ;-)

I did not see the problem with HP-UX, Irix, Linux, or Solaris,
so there is nothing "wrong" with sudo itself, nor does the 
compiler type/version matter, it's just a bug in the SunOS shell.

Thanx again Todd for your help in tracking down this problem
on a pretty darn old OS!


More information about the sudo-workers mailing list