rfc: build system

Zack Weinberg zack@wolery.cumb.org
Tue Feb 1 00:14:00 GMT 2000

On Tue, Feb 01, 2000 at 12:04:34AM -0800, Richard Henderson wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 11:31:28PM -0800, Zack Weinberg wrote:
> > Sometimes I wonder if we're really doing people a favor allowing them
> > to use vendor makes, given how buggy they all seem to be...
> I'd mostly been thinking of *bsd, to be honest.

Right.  Pmake is nice, but I wish it shared more syntax with gmake.

> > I'm not so sure about $(indirect_$(var)). 
> This is the one that would most hurt, I think.

? Not sure what you mean by 'most hurt'.

> > You could make a first pass by moving all the logic in the subdir
> > Makefile.in's into the Make-lang.in's - those get inlined into the top
> > level Makefile, right?
> Yep.  The biggest problem that turned up there was that I found I
> needed to use `-o' in the `.c.o' rule, which I know several vendor
> compilers don't support.  Not sure how I'd want to work around that.

Well, there's the trick gmake uses:

if (compiler supports -o with -c)
OUTPUT_OPTION = ; mv -f $(@F) $@


The trouble with that is I don't know how portable $(@F) is.
AC_PROG_CC_C_O would also come in handy here.


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