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[bug #57242] Non-recursive command passes invalid jobserver file descrip

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: [bug #57242] Non-recursive command passes invalid jobserver file descriptors
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:19:09 -0500 (EST)
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Follow-up Comment #5, bug #57242 (project make):

It is not TOO hard to provide a custom value (that doesn't include the
jobserver options) for the MAKEFLAGS environment variable we set when
forking/execing a command that is not a recursive make.

It's much trickier to reset the MAKEFLAGS make variable to not include those
options when expanding the command lines.  For example:

        +: $(MAKEFLAGS)
        +: $$MAKEFLAGS
        : $(MAKEFLAGS)
        : $$MAKEFLAGS

Ideally when run with -j you'd see the jobserver options in the first two
lines and you would NOT see them in the last two lines but this is hard.

Much simpler would be to show the jobserver options in the first three lines
but not show them in the last line.  For most uses this is probably sufficient
since many programs will be obtaining this information from their environment
anyway, not from the command line.  Still, it's an annoying "gotcha".

Regarding named pipes: yes this would be a good option (although it comes with
its own issues such as location and permissions); I didn't use this because I
wanted the solution to be maximally portable.  But, perhaps there are no
useful systems left that both (a) provide standard pipes sufficiently well to
support the jobserver and (b) don't provide named pipes.


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