Bug 55490 - Make: assert() fails, make dumps core
Make: assert() fails, make dumps core
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: make (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
Brian Brock
: 88846 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-10-31 23:58 EST by Binand Sethumadhavan
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-07 03:45:42 EDT
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Description Binand Sethumadhavan 2001-10-31 23:58:25 EST
This is the only line in a makefile:


There is a file a.c, which is irrelevant. I used a simple helloworld 

Run make as:

binand@binand[~/testprogs]:(25) make CFLAGS+=-DMAIN a

This is the output:

cc -DMAIN -DMAIN    a.c   -o a
make: expand.c:489: allocated_variable_append: Assertion 
`current_variable_set_list->next != 0' failed.
Aborted (core dumped)
Comment 1 Nathan G. Grennan 2002-06-24 02:43:21 EDT
I have had this problem with make-3.79.1-8 included in RedHat 7.3. I ran into
this problem while trying to compile an rpm. I found for whatever reason that if
I compiled it outside of rpm it worked, but always have the error message on a
certain file building a rpm. I did a search and found the url below with a patch
that after modifying so it would apply it fixed the problem. I also had to
modify the make tar.gz file because of ^Ls in the text. The patch could probably
be modified so that it would deal with the ^Ls.

Comment 2 Guy Streeter 2002-07-08 15:07:59 EDT
This still occurs in rawhide make. and I also can't reproduce it outside of
Comment 3 Nathan G. Grennan 2002-07-25 11:10:54 EDT
Ran into this problem again while trying to build a xawtv-3.76 rpm. Again I am
building a new version of make with the patch I mentioned before. The problem is
still in make-3.79.1-14. Please fix it.
Comment 4 Alan Cox 2002-12-15 13:05:27 EST
Confirmed still present in 8.0

touch a.c
cc -DMAIN -DMAIN    a.c   -o a
make: expand.c:489: allocated_variable_append: Assertion
`current_variable_set_list->next != 0' failed.
Comment 5 Tim Waugh 2004-07-28 11:23:53 EDT
*** Bug 88846 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Jakub Jelinek 2004-10-07 03:45:42 EDT
Can't reproduce this with make-3.80-4.

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