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Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU m

From: Harlan Stenn
Subject: Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:02:40 -0800

Warren wrote:
> > So far, automake has not been using gmake, so why should it
> > now start doing so?
> Because gmake is all but ubiquitous, and has been so for a decade.
> The only exception I can think of is the BSDs, which still stubbornly 
> stick to BSD make, apparently for political reasons.  I think we'd see a 
> change there PDQ if the autotools started requiring GNU make.

Just because you *can* be a gorilla doesn't mean you *should* be a

The BSDs have their good reasons to want to avoid GPL'd code, especially


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