Subject: Re: BSD-make won't do the right thing
To: Chris Torek <>
From: Dave <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/08/2001 15:07:43
On Mon, 8 Oct 2001, Chris Torek wrote:

> I never touch the stuff, but, it appears to me that you have
> not found a problem with BSD-make; rather, you have found a(nother
> of the millions of them :-) ) problem with GNU autoconf.

I've runs into several of those already.  Fortunately I've been able to
work around them, including this one once you guys pointed me in the right
direction.  I haven't found any viable alternatives, though.  Whatever
scheme Joerg Schilling (author of cdrecord) uses seems to work, but it's
more than a bit impenetrable.

> Try "make -n clean" or "make -n distclean" to see what
> command(s) would have been run.  Commands "hidden" with @foo
> that exit with error code 1 are the only way the make would
> fail, and "make -n" will show you what they would be, even
> when "make" would run them silently.
> This sort of thing is why I diligently avoid GNU autoconf,

The bug was in automake.

I made a fresh install of autoconf and automake from pkgsrc to a
non-development box here.  The diffs between generated by
automake 1.4 and 1.4-p5 seems to tell the story.

< # generated automatically by automake 1.4 from
> # generated automatically by automake 1.4-p5 from
<         test "$$subdir" = "." && dot_seen=yes; \
>         test "$$subdir" != "." || dot_seen=yes; \
<           cp -pr $$/$$file $(distdir)/$$file; \
>           cp -pr $$d/$$file $(distdir)/$$file; \

David Griffith