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Re: minor bug in makefile of coreutils

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: minor bug in makefile of coreutils
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 15:31:57 -0600
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Toralf Förster wrote:
> The error msg
> /bin/sh: line 1: @echo: command not found
> are found in the log while building coreutils.
> Details are in http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=53881.

Thank you for your report.  However I don't think this is a bug in
coreutils.  I think you are compiling using a nonstandard 'make'
program or with a broken 'make' program.

In your bug report:

  @echo "Updating man page basename.1"
  @echo "Updating man page cat.1"
  ...and so one...

In a Makefile lines starting with an '@' are not echoed to the output.
This is undesireable when the command itself is an echo command.
Therefore convention says that all 'echo' commands are prefixed by an
'@' symbol.  This will not be limited to coreutils.  This will apply
to almost all projects that use 'make' to build them.

Please verify that you are building using a standard make program.  If
you think you are then verify that it is working.  This small test
Makefile should work.

        @echo Hello, world.

Also in your gentoo bug report you list that you are using version
coreutils 5.2.0 which is old.  Please consider upgrading to the latest
stable released version.


I don't think the version has any bearing on your problem.  But of
course patches could have been applied and there is no way we would
know about those here.


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