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Re: bootstrap fails with FreeBSD make
>>>>> "AO" == Alexandre Oliva <email@example.com> writes:
AO> On Jan 29, 2001, Martin Buchholz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Alexandre wrote:
>> On Jan 28, 2001, Marc Espie <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> In fact, telling autoconf to substitute <tab> for <tab>+ in a Makefile if
>>> the chosen make does not handle + is probably the way to go.
AO> The problem is that configure doesn't know which make program the user
AO> is going to use.
>> The way XEmacs solves this problem is by generating _both_ a
>> GNUmakefile and a Makefile.
AO> But GNU make is not the only make program that supports `+', VPATH and
AO> $(MAKE). Should we arbitrarily rule these features out for users of
AO> non-GNU makes?
The Posix definition for make is too useless to do anything useful.
GNU make is now very good. I think it's not such a bad solution if we
allow building with any make, but only support "advanced" features
with GNU make. The downside is added maintenance burden for the GNU
maintainers and a slower configure step.