make release: doesn't work for me, getting recursive looping

Nathan Whitehorn nwhitehorn at
Sat Jun 18 16:35:33 UTC 2011

On 06/18/11 05:15, Hartmann, O. wrote:
> Try to build a cdrom from most recent CURRENT/amd64 sources.
> Issuing the follwing command fails the build process looping 
> recursively and indefinitely within the source folder /usr/src/release:
>  make release cdrom CHROOTDIR=/unused/release/9.0/ SVNROOT/usr/src 
> The chrooted folder is empty and as the doc says, it should be the 
> location where the release should be build. Since I do not use CVS 
> anymore, but SVN, I use SVNROOT instead of CVSROOT to point to the 
> location of the sources.

This is not how release building works anymore. See release(7). If you 
want to do something analagous to the old-style make release, with SVN 
checkouts and a chroot, which you seem to wan to do, you need to use You can also use make release to build a system out 
of the current source directory by simply doing make release NOPORTS=yes 

The reason it is hanging is that one of the sub-targets invoked by make 
cdrom requires that make obj be run first. make release protects against 
this, but manually invoking sub-targets does not.

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