GNU Hurd

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Wed Mar 20 08:35:18 UTC 2002

>From marcus at Tue Mar 19 16:14:29 2002

>> Also note: if you are going to compile on an unknown platform and don't like
>> to understand how the Schily makefilesystem works you NEED to use smake.
>> GNU make has limited features and don't helps you for unknown platforms.
>> Also note: I am not forcing anybody to use smake but if you don't use it, you 
>> will have to be aware of the negative effects of this decision.

>So there is an alternative to smake?  I am confused.

On a known platform you may use GNU make, on unknown platforms smake is 

>> You don't like to go the easy way and you are trying to make me responsible
>> for your decision. This is really silly.

>Well, if you say I can use GNU make, I will of course try to do that.
>Don't claim that you don't need smake if GNU make doesn't work.

Well if you read the REAMDE's you see:

       If you have the choice between all three make programs, the
        preference would be 

                1)      smake           (preferred)
                2)      SunPRO make
                3)      GNU make        (this is the last resort)

If this is not ehough, I can add a notice that GNU make will only work on known
systems, but I am sure that people will not read this.

>> The method propagated by GNU does not give me the features I need.
>> FSF people  always claim that people should write free software when
>> they don't get the features they want. Well I did it and I am now critisized
>> by FSF people :-(

>I think it would be easier to see what it is going on if you would just
>say that smake is required, and GNU make not supported.  You don't need
>to add your critic to gmake to this decision.  The GNU project does it
>the same way, sometimes GNU make is required and other makes simply won't
>work.  But they don't hook their critic to other's make systems into it.

Well GNU make is supported with known platforms. As this currently supports
> 99.9% of all running systems it may confuse people more than it helps
if I write that GNU make is not supported.


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