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[bug #26437] Base should allow the usual "make && sudo make install"

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: [bug #26437] Base should allow the usual "make && sudo make install"
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 07:45:51 +0000
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Update of bug #26437 (project gnustep):

                Category:         Base/Foundation => Makefiles              


Follow-up Comment #1:

I'm afraid this patch/request isn't really usable.

1. This is not a base/foundation issue as it would apply to any/all gnustep

2. Removing the ability to use the GNUSTEP_MAKEFILES environment variable by
hard-coding its value into a makefile would not be acceptable to most people.

3. The underlying problem is not addressed.  Generally gnustep installations
work fine with sudo.  In this case it would seem that gnustep-make has not
been properly installed, as gnustep-config would have supplied the fallback
location of the makefiles package if it had been.

I have changed gnustep-base's makefiles to print more informative messages
telling you that gnustep-config was unusable, displaying the PATH searched and
suggesting that gnustep-make may not be properly installed.

That doesn't solve the problem, but it should help direct investigations in

I also reclassified this as a makefiles issue, though it's not completely
clear that this really is a gnustep issue at all.  Perhaps it's an Ubuntu
package issue?  Did gnustep-make come with Ubuntu?  Is it the fault of the
Ubuntu system that (presumably) gnustep-config is not found in root's PATH, or
is it an issue with gnustep-make's own installation process?


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