Re: AMBER: experiences with compiling amber9 for FreeBSD

From: M. L. Dodson <>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 17:00:10 -0500

On Fri, May 05, 2006 at 02:10:51PM -0700, Ross Walker wrote:
> > However, some of the leaf makefiles hardwire the "make" program
> > name, so that will trip you up. My solution was to temporarily
> > softlink /usr/local/bin/gmake to /usr/local/bin/make. (This is
> > known as a "hack" :-) Make sure that /usr/local/bin comes before
> > /usr/bin in your PATH. Then the system builds as described.
> > Don't forget to rm /usr/local/bin/make when you are finished or
> > your ports and buildworld systems will quit working.
> On A side note can one not just do:
> alias make=gmake
> Then once you logout the alias will disappear. If this works we may just be
> able to tweak the configure script slightly to do this.
> All the best
> Ross

I'll give it a try, but I don't think an alias (I'm assuming csh
semantics) will survive deep down into a recursive make
invocation. I tried similar (but not identical) tricks to try to
avoid the extremely hackish workaround and none worked.

As an aside, the FreeBSD port infrastructure has a USE_GMAKE
variable that should have worked if the leaf makefiles had been
written as

        cd ../somedir; $(MAKE) something

but since the string 'make' is hard coded, that did not work as it
picks up /usr/bin/make, not /usr/local/bin/gmake. (Unless you use
the hack which puts /usr/local/bin/make -> /usr/local/bin/gmake
first in the PATH.)

Thanks for the thought,
M. L. Dodson
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