Authentication in 4.1b3, Makefile dependencies

I just picked up and recompiled the 4.1b3 beta on SunOS 4.1.x. It
appears that the default authentication call-back no longer prompts for
username and password after an authentication error. This can be seen
in the LineMode (www) program. The library does, however, retry
repeatedly with the same (lack of) credentials.

Is this a known problem? Any suggestions for fixes or workarounds?

The other problem had to do with using configure with a platform
specific sub directory (if one is going to make on multiple platforms
in the same source hierarchy, one can make a subdirectory for the
platform, cd into that directory and the run ../configure). I had to
add "../../" to many of them in order to compile.