HISTORICAL_MAKE_WORLD (was: cvs commit: src Makefile README)

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at FreeBSD.org
Thu Jun 8 02:51:12 UTC 2006

On Wednesday,  7 June 2006 at 10:51:45 -0400, John Baldwin wrote:
> On Tuesday 06 June 2006 23:33, Tom Rhodes wrote:
>> trhodes     2006-06-07 03:33:48 UTC
>>   FreeBSD src repository
>>   Modified files:
>>     .                    Makefile README
>>   Log:
>>   Simply running ``make world'' will bomb unless you dig up the
>>   undocumented HISTORICAL_MAKE_WORLD variable and set it.  Note it
>>   here so the blow up will not really be a surprise to people who
>>   read.
> I thought the obfuscation was intentional as very few people should
> be doing a 'make world' without a custom DESTDIR these days.

Then there's no reason not to document it.

  Warning: FORCE_ROOT_INSTALL can render your system unusable by
  overwriting existing configuration files.  Do not use it unless you
  are completely aware of the consequences.

And yes, a descriptive name like FORCE_ROOT_INSTALL, not

> Certainly people new to FreeBSD shouldn't be doing it; only those
> with the command hardwired into their brains.  We've had
> buildworld/installworld since 2.2.5 (or 2.2.6) I think as I've only
> had to do a 'make world' once to go from 2.2.2 to 2.2.6. :)

FWIW, that's when the rot set in IMO.  One of the nice things about
FreeBSD *used* to be that to upgrade the system you just needed to do
"make world".  Now you have a lot more work.

The only justification for this regression is that it's really
difficult to get everything right.  But that's a bug, not a feature.

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