make, bmake and gmake

Saifi Khan saifi.khan at
Wed Oct 21 04:34:18 PDT 2009

On Wed, 21 Oct 2009, Stathis Kamperis wrote:

> 2009/10/21 Saifi Khan <saifi.khan at>:
> > Hi:
> >
> > Is there a difference between 'make' and 'bmake' on DragonFly
> > BSD 2.4.1 ?
> make is "our" make utility which belongs to our base. It's the very
> same make utility that is used to build world and kernel or to
> checkout the git src repository when you type 'make src-checkout'
> inside /usr. make(1) can only parse our own Makefiles.
> Pkgsrc on the other hand needs the netbsd's make utility (netbsd is
> the "native" platform of pkgsrc, so to speak). Therefore, we bootstrap
> netbsd's make which results in "bmake" and use that to interpret the
> pkgsrc's Makefiles.

Statis, thank you for your reply.

.  In the directory test/amd64/, when a 'make scratch' is done,
  how are the different make's dynamically invoked ?
  qemu and gcc44 are compiled using gmake
  openssl is compiled using bmake
  perhaps the master 'make' ie. the one running the
  test/amd64/Makefile is DragonFlyBSD make.

.  Is it correct to assume that other than 'pkgsrc' builds, there
  is no other role of 'bmake' in the DragonFlyBSD code base ?

.  Any source code/patch contributed to DragonFlyBSD project
  - kernel 
  - userland tools
  must compile cleanly only with 'make' ie. DragonFly make ?

.  DragonFly BSD native make utility is the directory
  usr.bin/make/ . Is it correct ?


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