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

From: Nick Bowler
Subject: Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:55:49 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On 2011-11-22 17:38 -0700, Warren Young wrote:
> - Reduced build overhead.  GNU make can do many things internally that 
> standard make(1) needs to shell out to do.  For example, given a list of 
> *.cpp names, generate *.o:
>      OBJECTS=$(SOURCES:.cpp=.o)
> You might think this is a bad example in the context of this discussion, 
> since Automake can do that conversion itself, since it makes you give it 
> the list of source files.

Yes, this is a bad example, because the above line is portable make!

Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies (

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