Need bsd make for AIX

Chuck Robey chuckr at
Fri Sep 17 03:43:00 UTC 2010

On 09/16/10 20:34, Ivan Voras wrote:
> On 09/16/10 08:58, srividya.k at wrote:
>> Hi
>>      Is there any BSD make versions available for AIX platform?
>> We require the make utility of BSD to compile few source programs.
>> Is there any make utility compatible with AIX?  Could you please give us
>> the URL where we can get the same?
> FreeBSD's make is an integral part of the FreeBSD file system. It is not
> created to be compatible across systems, but it is also not created to
> prevent this kind of porting.

Wow.  I disagree.  It's been modified over the years to depend heavily on a set 
of libraries that are available nowhere else but FreeBSD.  This was done (from 
what I can see) in the name of elegance ... because the actual functions ARE 
available elsewhere, but a bunch of modifications need to be added, no possible 
way is it going to compile anywhere else.

I ported it a few years ago to Linux, so I know it can be moved, but it's not a 
trivial job.  Too bad, because it's a fine tool, and all those mods added no 
functionality that I can see.

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