Subject: Re: make should unset $ENV
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 08/01/2003 15:24:33
> My point is that no build should rely on $ENV causing a shell to do
> anything.

If you mean "build" as in "rebuild NetBSD", you're right - and if that
were all make were ever used for, your change would be right.

But make is used for _far_ more than that, and for normal user use
(most users won't be rebuilding the system, after all), unsetting ENV
is a very wrong thing to do because it gives make-executed commands a
mysteriously different environment from user-issued commands.  My
comparison to resetting or unsetting PATH was entirely serious.

Unsetting ENV *for an OS build* is sensible - but make is not the place
to do it.

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