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Re: make-3.81-4

Christopher Faylor wrote:
On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 12:16:59PM -0800, Rob Walker wrote:
It's been almost a year and a half since I made a request to have Cygwin's GNU make updated with the upstream patches for colons in dependencies and VPATH directives:

I'd like to re-request that this updated package be accepted by the make package maintainer.

The source and binary packages (assembled according to the instructions at have been updated for Cygwin 1.7.1, and are available here:

Thanks for posting your original link so that I could easily find my response:

This hasn't changed.  I have absolutely no interest in keeping a patched
version of make around for this nonissue.  In fact, it is my fervent
hope that by not patching make people are actually learning how to do
things the right way in a Cygwin environment.

When there is a new version of make released, I'll release a new
version for cygwin.

Please don't keep clamoring for this. I've made my intentions clear.

Ok, can't blame a guy for trying. Maintaining my own mirror with this package tweak is tedious (especially recently).

To re-offer my counter opinion:

Using Cygwin GNU make in a cross-target/cross-platform build environment isn't "wrong" (it's possibly even inferrable goal of the RedHat Cygwin product). For folks using Cygwin this way it's not a "nonissue".


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