MAKE_JOBS_SAFE with gmake

Doug Barton dougb at
Wed Mar 25 08:09:19 PDT 2009

Tilman Linneweh wrote:
> On Mar 24, 2009, at 20:43, Doug Barton wrote:
>> I'm testing my ports for MAKE_JOBS_SAFE-ness, and came across this
>> message when building xscreensaver (which uses gmake):
>> gmake[1]: warning: jobserver unavailable: using -j1.  Add `+' to
>> parent make rule.
>> I have zero gmake fu, can anyone help me make sense of that? The good
>> news is that the build finished successfully ...
> I have noticed that this happens if somewhere in the Buildsystem a
> sub-make is called with
> "make"/"gmake" instead of "$(MAKE)"

Thanks for the suggestion. I don't see that anywhere in the Makefiles
(except for some testing/maintenance target that we don't use).



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