AMBER Archive (2006)

Subject: Re: AMBER: experiences with compiling amber9 for FreeBSD

From: David A. Case (
Date: Fri May 05 2006 - 13:46:29 CDT

On Fri, May 05, 2006, M. L. Dodson wrote:
> I just compiled amber9 for FreeBSD 6.1-PRERELEASE using the Intel
> ifc-8.1.023 compiler. There were some issues, so I thought I
> would try to save others some time.

Thanks for the report.

> The problem with a straight compile following the described
> procedure lies with the FreeBSD make program. The compile scheme
> for amber9 uses recursive makefiles, and some of the semantics
> expected by the leaf makefiles are incompatible with those of
> Berkeley make as implemented in FreeBSD.

Amber is not supposed to require gmake. For example, it builds fine on
Sun Solaris and SGI IRIX, both with non-GNU make programs. So, if you can
provide details, we can try to fix this problem.

(On the other hand, the build semantics could become *much* simpler if
GNU-make were required, since gmake makes it much cleaner to construct
conditional rules. So, at some point in the future, we may just give up and
ask people to install gmake. But that requirement is not supposed to be there
in Amber 9.)

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