make issues on freebsd

Mohammadparvez Shaikh shaikhmap at
Thu Aug 12 10:03:11 PDT 2004

Thanks a lot. I got the gmake installed successfully. But now the issue is 
that when I run:
gmake -f common.mak I get

gmake: Circular common.mak <- common.mak dependency dropped.

How can I work around this issue

(Regarding email being sent from, now I am emailing from as many were surprised when I was using the other id)

Thanks a lot
MOhammad Shaikh

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Moran [mailto:wmoran at]
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 6:58 PM
To: Mohammed Shaikh (Satyam Computer Services)
Cc: patl+freebsd at; freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: make issues on freebsd

"Mohammed Shaikh (Satyam Computer Services)" <v-mshaik at> wrote:
>I tried exactly what you said.
>Make install clean
>But it tried to search for make-3.80.tar.bz2 and tried fetching over the
>net and did not find it. (I think because of our firewall). Now I have
>ftp'd the file in the /usr/ports/distfiles/ the above file and tried
>running it and found that it has dependencies on gettext.
>I copied gettext* there and tried installing gettext and found it has
>dependencies on some other stuff.

Lucky for you, you're not the first person to have this problem, thus
there are many workarounds.  First off, I apologize, I forgot that gmake
created such a large dependency tree.

First off, if you have a FreeBSD CD, the required files may be on it in
the /distfiles directory, and you can copy them from there.

Otherwise, it's possible to install gmake from the packages collection.
The easiest way to do this is to run "/stand/sysinstall"  You can then
choose to load the packages from a CD, or FTP (you might want to try
FTP-passive)  Once in sysinstall, go to Configure, then Packages and
what you choose after that depends on where you want to try to get the
packages from.  If they're not on the CD, exit sysinstall and restart
it, choosing FTP-passive.

The gmake package is in devel section, same as in ports.  If you don't
see it in the listing, it's because it's not available on the media
you selected.  Exit sysinstall and restart, choosing a different media.
I know it's on the FTP sites for sure, but you may have trouble
accessing them.

>How and where I can get everything from, so that I can get this running.

I'm just a bit amazed that this is coming from ... that's all.


>I don't know stuff about unix world as I am new.
>Appreciate your help friends!!
>Thanks a lot
>Mohammad Shaikh
>  -----Original Message-----
>From: Bill Moran [mailto:wmoran at] Sent: Wednesday, August 
>11, 2004 5:40 PM
>To: Mohammed Shaikh (Satyam Computer Services)
>Cc: patl+freebsd at; freebsd-questions at
>Subject: Re: make issues on freebsd
>"Mohammed Shaikh (Satyam Computer Services)" <v-mshaik at>
>                                                        ^^^^^^^^^
>                                                     Is this a joke?
> > What is the best place to get it? I tried
> >
> > > But I got confused as there are too many links and its not clear what
> > exactly to do, to get it installed on my freebsd machine. I am
> > relatively a newbie so please help
>Stop making your life difficult:
>cd /usr/ports/devel/gmake && make install clean
>then use gmake instead of make.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Pat Lashley [mailto:patl+freebsd at] > Sent: Wednesday, 
>August 11, 2004 5:25 PM
> > To: Mohammed Shaikh (Satyam Computer Services);
> > freebsd-questions at
> > Subject: Re: make issues on freebsd
> > > --On Wednesday, August 11, 2004 17:19:52 -0700 "Mohammed Shaikh
> > Computer Services)" <v-mshaik at> wrote:
> > > > I have a program that can be compiled with no problems on SuSe Linux
> > but
> > > when I try it on freebsd it gives plethora of errors. I have just
> > copied
> > > the whole directory tree from SuSe Linux machine onto freebsd
> > > Can Anyone PLEASE help as I have to submit the compiled stuff on
> > freebsd
> > > It is probably using make constructs that are specific to GNU make.
> > If you haven't already done so, install the devel/gmake port and try
> > using 'gmake' instead of 'make'.
> > > > > -Pat
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