Thomas Munro <> writes:
> Does anyone know why "make check" doesn't work on BSD systems if
> tmp_install doesn't exist yet?  It's no big deal, you just have to run
> "gmake check", but Makefile is supposed to do that for you and it
> works fine for every other target.  No big deal, but it'd be nice to
> unravel this mystery...

> Specifically, if you run "make check" then it invokes
> "/usr/local/bin/gmake check" for you, but it seem to skip the step
> that builds tmp_install and so then pg_regress fails.

Hmm, looking into, that step seems to be conditional on

ifneq ($(abs_top_builddir),)
ifeq ($(MAKELEVEL),0)
        rm -rf '$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install
        $(MKDIR_P) '$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install/log
        $(MAKE) -C '$(top_builddir)' DESTDIR='$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install 
install >'$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install/log/install.log 2>&1
        $(if $(EXTRA_INSTALL),for extra in $(EXTRA_INSTALL); do $(MAKE) -C 
'$(top_builddir)'/$$extra DESTDIR='$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install install 
>>'$(abs_top_builddir)'/tmp_install/log/install.log || exit; done)

I'm not real clear on how make invoking gmake would end up affecting
gmake's initial value of MAKELEVEL, but I bet the problem is somewhere
around there.

                        regards, tom lane

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