[GRASS5] Proposal for new Makefile

Eric G . Miller egm2 at jps.net
Tue Jan 30 00:21:30 EST 2001

On Tue, Jan 30, 2001 at 11:27:34AM +0700, Justin Hickey wrote:
> Hello all
> Given the recent problems on Mac OS X with regard to "make install" and
> since Eric Mitchell's initial work on the new Makefile system seems to
> use GNU make (or gmake), then I propose we use GNU make for the new
> Makefile system. GNU make has many features not found in other Make
> commands which would be very useful to us. 
> The only downside to this is that we must have users install gmake
> before they will be able to compile Grass. However, other Open Source
> software requires gmake (postgreSQL and libgdal are a couple) and even
> the SGI employee responsible for their freeware site recommends using it
> rather than their own Make command. Thus, it appears that GNU make is
> fairly popular.
> What do people think?

Which features are you thinking of?  VPATH ?  I'm not against it, but I
wouldn't want to see it as a requirement unless there are some pretty
good reasons.  We, of course, will want to also use libtool. No?

Eric G. Miller <egm2 at jps.net>

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