make and gmake on FreeBSD

Nikola Lecic nlecic at EUnet.yu
Thu Jul 26 21:04:52 UTC 2007


On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 23:26:28 +0300
"Dima Sorkin" <dima.sorkin at> wrote:

> Hi.
>  I have a FreeBSD 6.2, installed it from the distribution disks, no
> changes by me.
> There is a "make" and a "gmake" installed on it.

No, make (BSD make) is a part of FreeBSD, gmake (GNU make) is a
third-party application, available through devel/gmake port.

> They report that they are the same programm, but in fact they behave
> completely different.

They _are_ different.

> In fact only "gmake" behaves like "GNU make" should behave

gmake = GNU make.

> and only with "gmake" I succeed to build serious projects.

This is very interesting observation, could you expand on this?

>  What happens here ?  What I the "make", where did it come from ?

Nothing, it happens that you installed FreeBSD. The better question is
where GNU make came from :)

> How do I cause to system "make" behave as "gmake" ?

Why would you like to do it?

> P.S.  see their output:
> [dsorkin at eml5 /usr/home/dsorkin]$ make --version
> GNU Make 3.81
> Copyright (C) 2006  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
> There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

This is not default behaviour in FreeBSD.
Nikola Lečić

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