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Problems with $(shell xxx) using uWin

From: James Kanze
Subject: Problems with $(shell xxx) using uWin
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 22:47:02 +0200
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I've recently installed (built from sources) a copy of GNU make
(version 3.81) on a Windows XP machine, where I am trying to use
it with the Korn shell under uWin.  (I used the standard Windows
"shell" to build make, using the build)w32.bat script.)  It
crashes, apparently every time I try to use $(shell ...).  The
incrimating makefile contains:

   currentDir = $(shell pwd)
   componentName = $(notdir $(currentDir))
   target = $(componentName).exe

   all : $(target)

(There's a lot more in the actual makefile, but this is enough
to provoke the crash).  If I invoke make -d on this makefile,
the output is:

   GNU Make 3.81
   Copyright (C) 2006  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
   There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

   This program built for Windows32
find_and_set_shell path search set default_shell = C:/UWIN/usr/bin/sh.exe
   Reading makefiles...
   Reading makefile `GNUmakefile'...
   CreateProcess(NULL,sh C:\UWIN\usr\bin\pwd,...)
/C/UWIN\usr\bin\pwd: line 4: uwin\usr\bin\pwd: not found
I then get a Windows pop-up saying that make.exe has encountered
a problem, and asking if I want to send a bug report to

If I use -d on a makefile with just:

   config :
           @echo $(SHELL)

The output will end with:

   Must remake target `config'.
   CreateProcess(C:\UWIN\usr\bin\echo.exe,echo C:/UWIN/usr/bin/sh.exe,...)
   Putting child 0x0088e1d8 (config) PID 8974304 on the chain.
   Live child 0x0088e1d8 (config) PID 8974304
   Main thread handle = 0x000007ac
   Reaping winning child 0x0088e1d8 PID 8974304
   Removing child 0x0088e1d8 PID 8974304 from chain.
Successfully remade target file `config'. (Using an external command, instead of the shell built-in pwd,
in the first example, doesn't change anything.)

Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong?

(Another wierd problem: when I redirect the output of make to a
file, i.e. "make >make.log 2>&1", everything works, the colors
for new text in the window change.  To black on black, which I
have trouble reading.  I have to open the properties pop-up on
the window, and change them back, and every thing works as
normal again.  But it must rank as one of the wierdest problems
I've ever seen -- especially as it only happens with GNU make.)

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