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Last time, I had to install a package with a configure Script. There are a lot of parameters to adjust the installation. Unfortunately the configure doesn't end with success. A dubios error message appears and I don't find out what's wrong.
Also the modern oracle 'google' doesen't give a hint. But after hours I find a quick and easy solution:

sh -x ./configure ... configure_options ...

First there is a long rolling of letters, but afterwards, when the error appears, you can easy find out what the mistake is, because the debug modus tells you.

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I use this one a lot:

./Configure [...] 2>&1 | tee file.txt

this will capture all output including stderr into file.txt.  Using tee allows you to see what's happening on the screen too.
Posted 2009-06-19 20:56:44

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