make "feature", source packages
GNU make has a feature that disables command echoing, which
can create confusion. An example (from librl; see bug #1075):
-- make output --
gcc -S -c -O2 -DHAVE_UNISTD_H -DHAVE_VARARGS_H -DHAVE_STRING_H -DHAVE_DIRENT_H -DHAVE_STDLIB_H -DHAVE_ALLOCA_H -I. -I.. readline.c -o readline.s
make: *** [readline.o] Error 126
Without close scrutiny, this looks like a problem with gcc.
This notion is reinforced in this case by rerunning make, which
gives the same output.
The behaviour can be understood from the following lines of the Makefile:
$(CC) -S -c $(CFLAGS) $(LOCAL_DEFINES) $(CPPFLAGS) $*.c -o $*.s
# The DLL object
@$(JUMP_AS_PATH)as -o $(JUMP_DIR)/$*.o $*.s 2>/dev/null
# The static object
@$(AS) -o $*.o $*.s
The '@' characters inhibit command echoing, as described in the
"Defining canned command sequences" section in the info files for make.
Since this feature can be extremely confusing, both for the user compiling
a package, and for the developer ("script" output doesn't show what
goes wrong), I ask that this feature not be used in Debian packages.
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