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Re: Building Emacs from CVS on windows nt failed

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: Building Emacs from CVS on windows nt failed
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 20:49:09 +0200

: ----- Original Message ----- 
: From: "Lennart Borgman" <address@hidden>
: To: "Emacs Devel" <address@hidden>
: Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 3:42 PM
: Subject: Building Emacs from CVS on windows nt failed
: : I took some time to download the CVS version and started building it. It
: : fails in make boostrap with the following:
: :
: : Wrote c:/emacscvs/emacs/lisp/finder-inf.el
: : touch cus-load.el
: : Can't touch cus-load.el - No such file or directory
: : make[1]: *** [cus-load.el] Error 1
: : make[1]: Leaving directory `/c/emacscvs/emacs/lisp'
: : make: *** [bootstrap-gmake] Error 2
: Jason Rumney pointed out that cus-load.el is an autogenerated file (which
: saw too late). I can't really understand the makerules for this:
:     doit:
:     cus-load.el:
:           touch $@
:     custom-deps: cus-load.el doit
:          @echo Directories: $(WINS)
:         -$(emacs) -l cus-dep --eval $(ARGQUOTE)(setq find-file-hooks
: nil)$(ARGQUOTE) -f custom-make-dependencies $(lisp) $(WINS)
: Why do custom-deps have "prerequisites"? Could not these just be removed?
: (May the "touch $@" should be replaced with a command "touch cus-load.el"
: the bottom - if it is needed?)
: Does the prerequisites have something to do with different make programs?
: Does not this always fail the first time, before cus-load.el exists? (I
: read that many people say that make bootstrap often fails, it that problem
: connected with this?)

I must answer myself again before someone else worries about this. I still
do not understand the make rule (but that is not a big matter, I am not used
to make), but I have found the cause of my troubles. There was another
version of touch.exe in my path (from NT reskit maybe) that failed when
there was no file. That is not posix compliant I guess. The MSYS version
does not fail.

Sorry for disturbing with this.

- Lennart

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