An observation.  I only see this on subsequent installs.  The first always
goes ok.

Another question.  How do i switch to

On Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 9:16 AM David Chisnall <>

> On 13/02/2020 10:35, Richard Frith-Macdonald wrote:
> > Is it a bug in the linker?
> It is, but it is a bug that shows up *only* with ld -r.  LLD did not
> support ld -r for a long time and that made no difference to over 90% of
> the things in the FreeBSD ports collection.  It is a very rarely used
> corner case for the linker and so likely to be very poorly tested (it
> also has quite poorly defined semantics, which is part of the problem).
> GNUstep Make uses this for 'subprojects'.  We hit this early because
> -base Additions is a subproject.  These are compiled as .o files and
> then linked to form a single .o file using ld -r.  Most modern build
> systems would typically just pass the list of .o files to the parent
> project to link, but GNUstep Make tries to create a single subproject.o.
> It is good that -base tests this corner case of -make, because it would
> otherwise hit external users, but I am not convinced by the value of
> this option in GNUstep Make overall (though, as I have said before, I am
> also not convinced of the value of investing time and engineering
> resources in maintaining a custom build system that does not compose
> well with any other project's build system).
> David

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