java/68516: [PATCH] re-apply previous PR improvements

Mark Linimon linimon at
Wed Jun 30 10:31:32 PDT 2004

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004, Herve Quiroz wrote:

> Ironically, I realized by doing this patch that the original patch from Mark
> seemed to be broken regarding (a typo: "check-makevers" ->
> "check-makevars").

Yep, just a typo.  I vaguely remember doing some regression testing
with setting up bogus user environments and trying to exercise each
code path, but I must have missed that one.

For those that don't understand the impact of the changes, they are
designed to allow 'make index' and 'make search' to succeed despite
any bogus user environment.  The use of .BEGIN or .error directives
in Makefiles introduces such fragility; they should only be used in
cases to indicate that the ports infrastructure itself is broken
(has had a bad commit to the master repository), rather than that
there is some invalid setup on an individual machine.

And yes, I know that we have a number of these scattered around.
They all need to be fixed.

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