Subject: bin/32594: make doesn't honour .WAIT in the expected manner
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From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 01/22/2006 10:10:00
>Synopsis: make doesn't honour .WAIT in the expected manner
>Arrival-Date: Sun Jan 22 10:10:00 +0000 2006
>Originator: David Laight
>Release: NetBSD 3.99.15
Makefiles use .WAIT in order to build a set of items in series
without resorting to submakes. However make doesn't apply the
.WAIT recursively and will build the dependancies of the second
target before the first one completes.
This is not usually what is required.
Given the makefile:
a: b .WAIT c
echo a done
echo b started; sleep 2; echo b done
echo c done
echo d started; sleep 1; echo d done
You get 'b' and 'd' running in parallel, 'c' itself isn't run until
Many of the NetBSD system build makefiles fail for this reason.
The obvious cases are where 'c' is a .PHONY target with no commands.
(eg the .WAIT in the 'snap_kern: xxx' line in src/etc/Makefile)