BSD make vs. GNU make

Tom Evans at
Wed Apr 18 10:12:33 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-04-17 at 17:28 +0100, Soo-Hyun Choi wrote:
> Hi,
> This might be a dumb question, but would like get a clear idea about
> the differences between BSD make and GNU make. Why do I have to do
> 'gmake' in some cases instead of just plain 'make'?
> What's the differences?
> Thanks,
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Slightly OT, but if the software you are building requires GNU make, the
best solution is to rename the Makefile to GNUmakefile, which will be
found and used by GNU make but not by BSD make.

As many others said, GNU make has many many features and extensions over
BSD make, to support autotools mainly.
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