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Re: 'make -j 2' fails on FreeBSD-10 + more FreeBSD details

From: Assaf Gordon
Subject: Re: 'make -j 2' fails on FreeBSD-10 + more FreeBSD details
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:01:05 -0400
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On 03/22/2014 08:21 PM, Jim Meyering wrote:
On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM, Assaf Gordon <address@hidden> wrote:
One more critical difference (in building on FreeBSD-10 vs. common linux):

The following contrived Makefile, works on Linux (with either GNU make or
bmake), but fails on FreeBSD-10:

Hi Gordon,
That makes it look like the FreeBSD bmake invokes each line
using a shell with the equivalent of "set -e" in effect. That is the
trouble. Do they document if/how they set the SHELL environment
variable? You can probably cause GNU make to misbehave in
the same manner by setting SHELL  to something like "/bin/sh -e".

Based on feedback from FreeBSD people:

It would seem 'make' compatibility was never a goal.

Their advice is to use 'gmake' when building 'autotools' projects.

To put things in perspective,
most 'autotools' project would still compile fine with FreeBSD make, it's just 
those few obscure cases mentioned in this thread that fail.


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