make "make" ignore build errors

Vasil Dimov vd at
Fri Jun 9 18:45:31 UTC 2006

On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 07:27:28PM +0200, Jona Joachim wrote:
> Hi!
> I wanted to know if it is possible to tell "make" that it should ignore
> when an error occurs in the building process.
> I'm the maintainer of the devel/tigcc port which is a collection of
> tools to build binaries for the Texas Instruments graphing calculators
> which run on Motorola 68k processors. The main part of this collection
> is actually a patched gcc built for m68k-coff.
> Building gcc 4.0.2 (the version supported by the latest tigcc) for 68k
> will always fail because it will try to build stuff for m68k using the
> GNU AS which it finds in the path, which will not support the 68k
> platform in most cases: "as: unrecognized option `-mc68020'"
> This isn't fatal however because when this point is reached in the
> Makefile everything that is needed is already built and everything that
> follows is not needed. I know that this is a dirty hack but there is no
> other trivial way.
> Is there a way to ignore this error and resume the build process for the
> other tools?
You certainly do not want this! It will ignore not just this error but
also any other errors that may occur. I would suggest that you patch the
software's Makefile to skip the unnecessary part of the build.

Vasil Dimov
gro.DSBeerF at dv

Testing can show the presence of bugs, but not their absence.
                -- Edsger W. Dijkstra
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