Using FreeBSD's make under Linux

Michaël Le Barbier michael.le_barbier at
Sun Apr 13 20:10:09 UTC 2008

Pieter de Goeje wrote:
> On Saturday 12 April 2008, Michaël Le Barbier wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> a few years ago, I tried to use FreeBSD's make under GNU/Linux, and
>> thanks
>> to `jpd' on c.u.b.f.misc, I managed to build FreeBSD 4.7's make under
>> some GNU/Linux systems. Having a couple makefiles using make's features
>> that were introduced after 4.7, I would like to build a more up-to-date,
>> make.
>> Before I start, I am double checking nobody has done the job yet, and
>> nobody has it in the works. So, if you know anything about this, I
>> would be very happy you share the info with me!
>> By the way, I am not sure the way FreeBSD's make program should be
>> called: the divine documentation in the PSD refers to `pmake', as
>> well as some source files, but Mac OS X uses `bsdmake', and in many
>> FreeBSD's docs it is just `make'.
> I know that ubuntu/debian systems have a package called freebsd5-buildutils 
> which includes "freebsd-make", perhaps you can use some of there work.

Thank you, this program works (provided one uses a combination of 
MAKEFLAGS and -m to feed the program with a in a nonstandard 
location). It is however not modern enough, since it does not understand 
`sinclude' ... nice to know about it, though.

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