Re: s6: compatibility with make<3.82

From: Laurent Bercot <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015 20:49:50 +0200

On 08/08/2015 20:29, Guillermo wrote:
> Your distribution has in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu; that's not
> /lib, not /usr/lib, and probably not $prefix/lib either, for whatever
> --prefix you specified to the configure script. So is not
> found, and because there is no rule in the makefile for building it,
> make fails. Saying '/opt/make/make VPATH=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu'
> would probably make the example work.

  Yes, that's it. Thanks for analyzing it! I was really too sleepy
last night. :)

> I do not like the package build system's use of vpath
> magic instead of relying on the compiler's library search algorithm,
> and I will confess I have occasionally patched it to remove the vpath
> stuff.

  I'm using this to be able to specify -lfoobar in dependencies, which
works with both static and shared libraries, and both internal and
external libraries. Not using vpath would result in not checking
external libraries (so, fo instance, failing to rebuild if libskarnet.a
changes) and having to specify a different set of dependencies for
linking against static or shared libraries.
  It's unfortunate that -lfoobar gets rewritten by make in the recipe's
command line too; I would have liked to keep it verbatim and use the
compiler's library search algorithm, but I find it a minor inconvenience
relative to the comfort of using -l in dependencies.

  If you have suggestions to improve this without exploding the size of
package/deps.mak, which is already huge, I'll gladly take them.

> [1]
> That's the only real bug I believe the build system has so
> far, i.e. make's prerequisite search algorithm getting confused if
> libraries with the same name as the ones about to be installed are
> already present in the target directories. But that report also
> presents a simple and clever (but ugly) workaround that doesn't
> involve patching the build system.

  Can you please translate that bug and/or give a concrete example ?
I can't speak Gentooese, so I don't understand either the bug-report
or the patch. ^^'

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