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Re: GCC 3.0.2 and BSD Make


On Fri, Oct 26, 2001 at 11:07:42AM -0700, Mark Mitchell wrote:
> > Well, that's not exactly a great way to release a version of gcc. It
> > implies dependencies on gnu make, which means that other kinds of make
> > on other platforms might also break attempting to build.
> 
> Standard litany: GCC is a volunteer project, if volunteers care to fix
> this, great; if not, oh well.  Loren tried, but he wasn't successful;
> knowing Loren, that means it's hard, but I suspect that he will
> succeed shortly.
> 
> We have actually though about formally requiring GNU Make; there a lot
> of ways in which this would make things easier.  Personally, I don't
> find the bootstrapping argument too persuasive; after all, GNU Make
> builds with any C compiler, and you could always build a cross-compiler
> to build it, and nowadays very few people are bootstrapping raw systems
> from scratch.  But, the BSD people disagree with me, which is fine,
> and what's more the majority of the SC disagrees with me, which is
> also fine, so we will continue to attempt to support any POSIX make
> for the forseeable future.
> 

FWIW, I don't see anything wrong for gcc to require GNU make. Last time when
I checked, gcc is still a GNU software. I believe it will result in smaller,
cleaner Makefiles. We can always include GNU make in the gcc source and
build it first during configure if necessary.



H.J.


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