On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 05:41:52AM +0200, Guillem Jover wrote:
> > Note: Debian already contains pmake, also derived from NetBSD's make.
> There's also FreeBSD's pmake as freebsd-make in the freebsd-buildutils
Yes, but after 15+ years these two have diverged. There is software
that needs bmake to build, and doesn't work with freebsd-make or
Debian's older pmake.
> > But pmake is a manual sync from NetBSD and thus difficult to maintain
> > (and as a consequence outdated).
> bmake also seems to be synced from NetBSD from time to time. And as
> stated on its web page it seems to be just a portability fork of
> NetBSD's pmake, so it might make more sense to ask the Debian pmake
> maintainer (CCed) if he is interested in switching to that version
> instead of uploading yet another pmake implementation?
Yes, synced by a upstream that does the portability stuff for us (and
has been doing this actively for the last 10+ years). The Debian pmake
maintainer has been notified about bmake (see #476267 and #605623)
some time ago and didn't respond. But I confess I have not contacted
him personally and am interested in his opinion about this.
> > Bmake has a active upstream.
> Well the pmake Debian package has the same upstream as bmake, so that
> by itself does not seem to be an advantage over the others.
I disagree: bmake has the same up(up)stream as pmake, but pmake has a
different upstream than bmake