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bug #42249: error GNU make 4.0 in handling -q -- exits with 2 if something needs to be updated

Submitter:  Manoj Srivastava <srivasta>
Submitted:  Wed 30 Apr 2014 05:52:35 PM UTC
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Bug
Status:  Fixed Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  psmith Open/Closed:  Closed
Component Version:  4.0 Operating System:  POSIX-Based
Fixed Release:  4.1 Triage Status:  Medium Effort
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Fri 02 May 2014 05:49:24 PM UTC, comment #2: 

The fix seems to work for the package build that were broken with make 4.0, and so I think this report may be closed when that fix is released.

Manoj Srivastava <srivasta>
Thu 01 May 2014 01:57:00 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Pushed a fix for this: we were not properly propagating the status code up when prerequisites were not built due to -q.

Paul D. Smith <psmith>
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Wed 30 Apr 2014 05:52:35 PM UTC, original submission:  

[Please retain the CC to -email is unavailable- so that updates to this report are also recorded in the Debian BTS]

Here's the minimal makefile needed to reproduce it, and a transcript:

,--- detect.mk ---
echo $@

build-arch: build-stamp

$ make --version | head -n1
GNU Make 3.81
$ make -f detect.mk -qn build-arch; echo $?

$ make --version | head -n1
GNU Make 4.0
$ make -f detect.mk -qn build-arch; echo $?

This is definitely a bug in GNU make 4.0 in handling -q.  The docs are clear on what the exit codes should be, and with -q make should exit with 1 if something needs to be updated and no error was detected.

Manoj Srivastava <srivasta>


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    2014-05-01 psmith StatusNone Fixed
        Assigned toNone psmith
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
        Fixed ReleaseNone 4.1
        Triage StatusNone Medium Effort
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