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RE: make: Interrupt/Exception caught

From: Duane Campbell
Subject: RE: make: Interrupt/Exception caught
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:49:45 -0800

This sounds very like a problem I had in 3.8.1.
This sound odd, but try adding one environment variable (to the caller's 
  If it's the bug I saw, it will likely hide the problem.


-----Original Message-----
From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden On Behalf Of Raleigh Rinehart
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:28 PM
To: Eli Zaretskii
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: make: Interrupt/Exception caught

On 1/21/2011 6:38 PM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:04:56 -0600
>> From: raleigh rinehart<address@hidden>
>>> I am reworking some makefiles for our build system and getting a 
>>> rather unusual error. During a copy cmd this error is occurring 
>>> (taken from make with -d option)
>>> Unhandled exception filter called from program make ExceptionCode = 
>>> c0000005 ExceptionFlags = 0 ExceptionAddress = 100143c0 Access 
>>> violation: write operation at address 2e2e2061
>> [...]
>> The version of Make is GNU Make (Sourcery G++ Lite 2009q3-68) 3.81, 
>> it come from our tools package vendor, Code Sourcery.  Which, of 
>> course, is the 'lite' unsupported version.
> Can you try using the latest release of Make, v3.82?  There were a 
> couple of bugs in Make 3.81 on Windows that caused similar crashes, 
> they are fixed in 3.82.  You should be able to find a precompiled 
> binary of Make 3.82 on the MinGW site, or you could build it yourself, 
> if you have MinGW installed.  Building Make on Windows doesn't require 
> anything but a working compiler and Binutils installation, see
> README.W32 in the source tarball for instructions.
> If using Make 3.82 is not an option, try playing with the environment 
> variables that are in effect when Make runs, some of the bugs I 
> mention above were related to looking up and processing environment 
> variables.
Thanks for your suggestions Eli.  It may be possible to upgrade to 3.82, but 
that will take some time and I'm pressed to come up with a solution asap.

I will check out the Environment variables and see if anything turns up there.  
However, after some more tests it seems that the problem is related  to command 
line parameter length limits.  We are using just the plain windows cmd.exe for 
our shell (on XP and 2003).  If I divide the
$(libraries) list into smaller chunks then it is okay.  Although it is somewhat 
strange that I get this error since the length of the cmd is 5329, well short 
of the supposed 8191 limit for cmd.exe on xp.  I suppose it could just be a bug 
in 3.81.

Now the problem is how to write a macro to split a list into multiple smaller 
lists to exec the cmd on.  I already know I'm going to have the same issue in 
other parts on the makefile (linking for example).  Any ideas on this?
The tricky part is the syntax must be valid for both gnu make and Electric 
Cloud's Emake.


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