answering questions spilled out from gmake processes

Matthias Apitz guru at
Fri Apr 11 05:25:56 UTC 2014


I have a huge gmake process to compile a lot of OpenSource tools, mostly
Perl modules etc. All this is driven by a master Makefile. Some of the
make processes are asking questions which I do not have under my control and
would require to change the fetched source trees, for example:

Test for foo failed, do you want to continue (y/n):

These questions forbit to run this with nohup in background or
unattendend. I was thinking to use chat(1) or any other own written tool
and run the proc in an xterm like:

chat < Xterm.log | gmake 

were Xterm.log is the log of the X-terminal and chat is reading the
question there '...want to continue (y/n)' and sends the correct answer.

Any other idea?


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