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GNU make release candidate 4.1.90 available for download

From: Paul Smith
Subject: GNU make release candidate 4.1.90 available for download
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:32:15 -0400

    GNU make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and
    other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.

    You can learn more at: http://www.gnu.org/software/make/

A new release candidate for GNU make 4.2 is available now for download:

    90a3ac4fbf4a1cf8dacaf92b079b16b2  make-4.1.90.tar.bz2
    ffd56d762220269c0534edfda9197cb3  make-4.1.90.tar.gz

You can obtain a copy from:  http://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/make/

- NEWS ----------------------------------------------------------------

A complete list of bugs fixed in this version is available here:


* New variable: $(.SHELLSTATUS) is set to the exit status of the last != or
  $(shell ...) function invoked in this instance of make.  This will be "0" if
  successful or not "0" if not successful.  The variable value is unset if no
  != or $(shell ...) function has been invoked.

* The $(file ...) function can now read from a file with $(file <FILE).
  The function is expanded to the contents of the file.  The contents are
  expanded verbatim except that the final newline, if any, is stripped.

* The makefile line numbers shown by GNU make now point directly to the
  specific line in the recipe where the failure or warning occurred.
  Sample changes suggested by Brian Vandenberg <address@hidden>

* The interface to GNU make's "jobserver" is stable as documented in the
  manual, for tools which may want to access it.

  WARNING: Backward-incompatibility! The internal-only command line option
  --jobserver-fds has been renamed for publishing, to --jobserver-auth.

* The amount of parallelism can be determined by querying MAKEFLAGS, even when
  the job server is enabled (previously MAKEFLAGS would always contain only
  "-j", with no number, when job server was enabled).

* VMS-specific changes:

  * Perl test harness now works.

  * Full support for converting Unix exit status codes to VMS exit status
    codes.  BACKWARD INCOMPATIBILITY Notice: On a child failure the VMS exit
    code is now the encoded Unix exit status that Make usually generates, not
    the VMS exit status of the child.

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