Am 18.10.2015 um 23:36 schrieb Matthias Lötzke:
Hello All,

I has been using
for quite some time now. Until recently I never encountered a problem.
Now I can't build any more:

make -C /home/matthias/tmp/media_build_experimental/v4l
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/matthias/tmp/media_build_experimental/v4l'
perl scripts/ /lib/modules/3.16.0-4-amd64/source 
./.myconfig ./config-compat.h
creating symbolic links...
xargs: ln: Too many levels of symbolic links
Makefile:264: recipe for target 'links' failed
make[1]: *** [links] Error 126
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/matthias/tmp/media_build_experimental/v4l'
Makefile:28: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2
build failed at ./build line 491.

I am using Debian stable with Kernel 3.16.0-4-amd64. Some hundreds maybe
thousands of symlinks are being created where the build fails.

Any solution or hint would be highly appreciated.

To track this down go to the v4l directory and execute:

make -n links

which will show:
echo creating symbolic links...
find ../linux/drivers/media -name '*.[ch]' -type f -print0 | xargs -0n 255 ln 
-sf --target-directory=.
find ../linux/sound -name '*.[ch]' -type f -print0 | xargs -0n 255 ln -sf 
find ../linux/drivers/staging -name '*.[ch]' -type f -print0 | xargs -0n 255 ln 
-sf --target-directory=.
find ../linux/drivers/misc -name '*.[ch]' -type f -print0 | xargs -0n 255 ln 
-sf --target-directory=.

execute the find commands to see which one fails for further information use:
ln -sfv
instead of
ln -sf


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