Solaris make for 0.63 failing

Prof Brian Ripley Prof Brian Ripley <>
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 17:14:31 +0000 (GMT)

> Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 12:04:20 -0500
> From: Paul Gilbert <>
> To: Prof Brian Ripley <>, R-devel 
> Subject: Re: Solaris make for 0.63 failing
> >You absolutely need GNU make, and on Solaris 2.6 you also need not to
> >use make-3.77 (the current version) as that has a bug which affects
> >this.  `They' are using features found in few makes.
> I seem to be using GNU make 3.77. Is this a bug that is in both the Sun make 
> the most recent GNU make, or is the R makefile doing something wrong?

Different causes.  However, I get precisely that message from Sun make, and a
rather different one from GNU make 3.77 (about a garbled up file name).

The problems are:

(i) the Makefiles use GNU makefile syntax, and so are not compatible
with Sun's make.  A feature, I think.

(ii) make 3.77 is set up to be part compiled for 64-bit file systems
and part not. This matters if you have complicated wildcards, only,
on Solaris 2.6 and other 64-bit-file-system aware systems, only.
A bug!  If you want to fix it, rebuild 3.77 and use the same flags in
the Makefile for glob as in the main directory.

As to whether `the R makefile is doing something wrong', that is a matter of
opinion, and Theirs counts.


Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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