Windows 10 process argument limit issue

Austin Stephens astephens at
Wed Jun 26 15:09:18 UTC 2019

On 6/26/2019 3:41 AM, Michael Stahl wrote:
> On 26.06.19 00:49, Austin Stephens wrote:
>> I am trying to build LibreOffice and it does not appear to be working.
>> After a while of building I keep getting the following echoed to the
>> console constantly. Usually in-between build target echos:
>>> /usr/bin/sh: -c: line 0: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `"'
>>> /usr/bin/sh: -c: line 1: syntax error: unexpected end of file
>> I looked into it using a shell override, the debug make flag, and a
>> script (which I used as the shell, source below)
>>> #!/bin/sh
>>> echo "$*" >&2
>>> sh "$@"
>> And determined that somehow, when
>> CreateProcess(D:\cygwin64\bin\sh.exe,D:/cygwin64/bin/sh.exe -c "printf
>> \"%s\n\" \"{gigantic list of space separated paths}\" >>
>> D:/cygwin64/tmp/gbuild.cgwaBE ",...) is called, the input "argument" is
>> getting truncated. I am assuming that things are not getting build due
>> to this. Does anyone know how to fix this? I am not proficient with c++
>> build tools.
> that's some good investigation :)
> it's a well known problem, and it looks like for you the *workaround*
> for the problem doesn't work, which is odd ...
> the command must be this from
>> 	$(eval gb_var2file_helpervar := $(shell printf "%s\n" "$(gb_var2file_curblock)" >> $(1) )
> ... however: on Windows you should be using a GNU make 4.0 or newer,
> where would use the built-in $(file) function to write.
> somehow you're using make 3.81 or 3.82, which does work on unixes but
> apparently not on Windows, and since we have LODE to download a newer
> make automatically it's not worth fixing that.
> i think we should check for this in configure:

Well, that is the odd thing. I am using the the make that lode gave to me. From what I can tell, the log produced by using "-d" reports that the submakes that get used are also from the lode thing. The version is 4.2.1.

> CreateProcess(D:\lode\opt\bin\make,D:/lode/opt/bin/make -d,...)
> GNU Make 4.2.1
> Built for Windows32
> Copyright (C) 1988-2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Austin Stephens
Western Standard
Fluency Dev

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