[fpc-devel] Name of Make executable may cause errors during makes
jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be
Sat May 9 12:38:05 CEST 2009
On 09 May 2009, at 04:57, Mehmet Erol Sanliturk wrote:
> Supply these programs as recompiled to display information about
> themselves .
These programs are GNU make, GNU ld, etc (i.e., we don't write these
tools nor define how they behave). These behave according to their own
(unix) conventions. To get information about these binaries, use "make
--version", "as --version" etc.
> Change their names as specific to FPC such as fpc-ld.exe , fpc-
> make.exe , etc. , OR
> in ALL of the Makefile statements using these programs , use
> explicit paths
> of their names to avoid mix-up with other same programs .
This would be a bad idea, because
a) it would make the Windows version behave differently from the unix
versions (thus requiring special mention in the documentation, and
making things difficult for people working both under unix and Windows)
b) it would make it more difficult for people who have one copy of GNU
make/ld/as on their system to have fpc use this copy (it's not just
fpc that uses these tools)
c) it would require all kinds of modifications to the compiler to use
special names on particular platforms, making maintenance hardr.
> In installation notes , ALWAYS specify the above point and how to
> use a proper make
> executable .
It can of course be stressed in the installation notes.
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