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Re: GNU make exitcode

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: GNU make exitcode
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 12:25:51 -0500

%% jacques klein <address@hidden> writes:

  jk> Is there a reason why make returns always with an exitcode of 0, even
  jk> when an error occured ?.

It doesn't.  See the GNU make manual for a description of the exit code
values, or try it:

  $ echo 'all: ; false' | make -f-
  make: *** [all] Error 1

  $ echo $?

  jk> In a shell script, or make calling make, what is the `good' way to
  jk> check for errors ?.

Sounds like your shell script is buggy.

Remember that any command run after the make will reset the exit code,
so if you pipe the output of make to tee or grep or some other program,
you're seeing the exit code of tee or grep or the other program, not

 Paul D. Smith <address@hidden>          Find some GNU make tips at:
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