On Monday 26 January 2009 05:06:48 Polytropon wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:55:29 +0000, Anton Shterenlikht <me...@bristol.ac.uk> 
> > I'm trying to overwrite a Makefile variable via /etc/make.conf
> > It doesn't seem to work:
> This behaviour is correct. The local makefiles have precedence
> before the /etc/make.conf settings.

They don't, even though it seems so. The Makefile is *read* 
after /etc/make.conf. The Makefile sets this variable unconditionally, 
therefore cannot be overridden by anything that is read before the Makefile.
If the Makefile defined it like so:
NOT_FOR_ARCHS?=alpha ia64

then /etc/make.conf would work, since the variable is defined at the time the 
Makefile is read.

> > What am I doing wrong?
> You could modify the port's Makefile itself, or create Makefile.local
> in the port's dicrectory with your specific settings, but I don't
> now if this mechanism is still supported.

It is and since Makefile.local is read *after* the Makefile, you can override 
the variable there.


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.
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