gbuild-to-ide incompatibility with make 4.0

Norbert Thiebaud nthiebaud at
Sat Sep 27 15:20:25 PDT 2014

On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM, Michael Stahl <mstahl at> wrote:
> On 26/09/14 17:30, Peter Foley wrote:
>> While looking at the gbuild-to-ide script, I noticed that almost all
>> of the regex broke due to the below change in make 4.0.
>> * In -p output, .RECIPEPREFIX settings are shown and all target-specific
>>   variables are output as if in a makefile, instead of as comments.
> ouch...
>> I'm wondering if it would be fine to require make >= 4.0 to run this script?
>> Otherwise, two sets of regex would be needed, one for make 4.0+ and
>> one for older versions.
>> I'm going to try to get the script to work with make 4.0, but it would
>> be easier if I don't have to worry about old make versions.
> for Windows, developers need to download GNU make anyway, and i don't
> think it's a problem if we require a Win32 GNU make >= 4.0... i don't
> have the time and inclination to support non-Win32 GNU make anyway :)
> but for the other platforms usually only GNU make 3.82 or even 3.81 (on
> Mac, iirc) is available on the system, so if we require >= 4.0 then that
> means another thing that has to be installed manually, which is probably
> not a good direction to go in...

On Mac, with recent SDK, there is alreay the need to manually build
m4, autogen,....
At this point I do not think that requiring gnumake 4.0 would be much
more a hassle

We just have to give some warning so that tb owner have the time to prepare...


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