Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1017084
make-4.0 is available
Last modified: 2015-10-24 15:47:47 EDT
Latest upstream release: 4.0
Current version/release in Fedora Rawhide: 3.82-19.fc21
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(In reply to Upstream Release Monitoring from comment #0)
> Latest upstream release: 4.0
> Current version/release in Fedora Rawhide: 3.82-19.fc21
3.82 was released three and a half years ago.
Are there any show-stopper bugs in 4.0?
(In reply to Xose Vazquez Perez from comment #1)
> 3.82 was released three and a half years ago.
4.0 is potentially a very different codebase (about 250 commits since 3.82, and a clear declaration that this is an important upgrade indicated by the release number). Care on the side of the maintainer is well founded--we have several pieces of critical code that use make in non-trivial way--glibc and the kernel both have custom-tailored GNU Make-based build systems, gcc with its three-stage bootstrap is also suspicious, who knows what else there is. What's the hurry?
Petr, just curious.
Maybe doing a "make4" package could help make the transition easier. ???
For reference, changelog pasted below:
Version 4.0 (09 Oct 2013)
A complete list of bugs fixed in this version is available here:
* WARNING: Backward-incompatibility!
If .POSIX is specified, then make adheres to the POSIX backslash/newline
handling requirements, which introduces the following changes to the
standard backslash/newline handling in non-recipe lines:
* Any trailing space before the backslash is preserved
* Each backslash/newline (plus subsequent whitespace) is converted to a
* New feature: GNU Guile integration
This version of GNU make can be compiled with GNU Guile integration.
GNU Guile serves as an embedded extension language for make.
See the "Guile Function" section in the GNU Make manual for details.
Currently GNU Guile 1.8 and 2.0+ are supported. In Guile 1.8 there is no
support for internationalized character sets. In Guile 2.0+, scripts can be
encoded in UTF-8.
* New command line option: --output-sync (-O) enables grouping of output by
target or by recursive make. This is useful during parallel builds to avoid
mixing output from different jobs together giving hard-to-understand
results. Original implementation by David Boyce <email@example.com>.
Reworked and enhanced by Frank Heckenbach <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Windows support by Eli Zaretskii <email@example.com>.
* New command line option: --trace enables tracing of targets. When enabled
the recipe to be invoked is printed even if it would otherwise be suppressed
by .SILENT or a "@" prefix character. Also before each recipe is run the
makefile name and linenumber where it was defined are shown as well as the
prerequisites that caused the target to be considered out of date.
* New command line option argument: --debug now accepts a "n" (none) flag
which disables all debugging settings that are currently enabled.
* New feature: The "job server" capability is now supported on Windows.
Implementation contributed by Troy Runkel <Troy.Runkel@mathworks.com>
* New feature: The .ONESHELL capability is now supported on Windows. Support
added by Eli Zaretskii <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* New feature: "!=" shell assignment operator as an alternative to the
$(shell ...) function. Implemented for compatibility with BSD makefiles.
Note there are subtle differences between "!=" and $(shell ...). See the
description in the GNU make manual.
Variables ending in "!" previously defined as "variable!= value" will now be
interpreted as shell assignment. Change your assignment to add whitespace
between the "!" and "=": "variable! = value"
* New feature: "::=" simple assignment operator as defined by POSIX in 2012.
This operator has identical functionality to ":=" in GNU make, but will be
portable to any implementation of make conforming to a sufficiently new
version of POSIX (see http://austingroupbugs.net/view.php?id=330). It is
not necessary to define the .POSIX target to access this operator.
* New feature: Loadable objects
This version of GNU make contains a "technology preview": the ability to
load dynamic objects into the make runtime. These objects can be created by
the user and can add extended functionality, usable by makefiles.
* New function: $(file ...) writes to a file.
* New variable: $(GNUMAKEFLAGS) will be parsed for make flags, just like
MAKEFLAGS is. It can be set in the environment or the makefile, containing
GNU make-specific flags to allow your makefile to be portable to other
versions of make. Once this variable is parsed, GNU make will set it to the
empty string so that flags will not be duplicated on recursion.
* New variable: `MAKE_HOST' gives the name of the host architecture
make was compiled for. This is the same value you see after 'Built for'
when running 'make --version'.
* Behavior of MAKEFLAGS and MFLAGS is more rigorously defined. All simple
flags are grouped together in the first word of MAKEFLAGS. No options that
accept arguments appear in the first word. If no simple flags are present
MAKEFLAGS begins with a space. Flags with both short and long versions
always use the short versions in MAKEFLAGS. Flags are listed in
alphabetical order using ASCII ordering. MFLAGS never begins with "- ".
* Setting the -r and -R options in MAKEFLAGS inside a makefile now works as
expected, removing all built-in rules and variables, respectively.
* If a recipe fails, the makefile name and linenumber of the recipe are shown.
* A .RECIPEPREFIX setting is remembered per-recipe and variables expanded
in that recipe also use that recipe prefix setting.
* In -p output, .RECIPEPREFIX settings are shown and all target-specific
variables are output as if in a makefile, instead of as comments.
* On MS-Windows, recipes that use ".." quoting will no longer force
invocation of commands via temporary batch files and stock Windows
shells, they will be short-circuited and invoked directly. (In
other words, " is no longer a special character for stock Windows
shells.) This avoids hitting shell limits for command length when
quotes are used, but nothing else in the command requires the shell.
This change could potentially mean some minor incompatibilities in
behavior when the recipe uses quoted string on shell command lines.
F21 System Wide Change: Fedora 21 Make 4.0 Update:
till's make-4.0-4.1.fc23 completed http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=613838
ausil's make-4.0-5.1.fc23 completed http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/buildinfo?buildID=653176