bin/68534: make(1) - ${.MAKEFLAGS} does not contain cmd line args

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Thu Jul 1 01:40:59 PDT 2004

The following reply was made to PR bin/68534; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Ruslan Ermilov <ru at>
To: John E Hein <jhein at>
Cc: bug-followup at
Subject: Re: bin/68534: make(1) - ${.MAKEFLAGS} does not contain cmd line args
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 11:33:21 +0300

 On Thu, Jul 01, 2004 at 01:10:26AM +0000, John E Hein wrote:
 >  First, let me quote the section.
 >       .MAKEFLAGS
 >                  The environment variable MAKEFLAGS may contain anything that
 >                  may be specified on make's command line.  Its contents are
 >                  stored in make's .MAKEFLAGS variable.  Anything specified on
 >                  make's command line is appended to the .MAKEFLAGS variable
 >                  which is then entered into the environment as MAKEFLAGS for
 >                  all programs which make executes.
 >  I see the 'may'.  But the 3rd sentence seems more definitive.  At the
 >  least it's misleading.  But I still don't see any way to get anything
 >  specified on the command line into MAKEFLAGS (or .MAKEFLAGS).
 Only variable=value are not stored in .MAKEFLAGS at the moment,
 everything else does.  With this command line,
 	make -DFOO BAR=2 -B -j2
 MAKEFLAGS will be ``-D FOO -B -j 2''.
 See the PR which this one duplicates, which has a patch to store
 command line variable assignments in .MAKEFLAGS.
 Ruslan Ermilov
 ru at
 FreeBSD committer

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