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Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 19:20:11 -0500
From: "JimF" <jfoug@....net>
To: <john-dev@...ts.openwall.com>
Subject: Re: Makefile LN = ln -sf

I can not comment on the -sf to -s -f.   For the sparc, no it was not there. 
I build both 64 and 32 bit, and was having issues prior to the RM

However, the -sf to -s -f was done, and then I started having problems. 
That may go away if the -sf works as you mention below.

Jim.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Solar Designer" <solar@...nwall.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 6:35 PM
> Jim, magnum -
>
> In -jumbo-5, there are these changes (which were not in -jumbo-1):
>
> -LN = ln -sf
> +LN = ln -f -s
>
> solaris-sparc64-cc:
> + $(RM) arch.h
>  $(LN) sparc64.h arch.h
>
> and similar for other Solaris targets.
>
> Why?  Didn't the original Makefile work fine on Solaris?
>
> Then, why make both changes at once?  Are they unrelated or are they
> both an attempt to fix the same issue?
>
> Normally, the "-f" option to "ln -s" tells it to remove existing
> destination files before creating the symlink, so the $(RM) shouldn't be
> needed.  Also, normally "ln -sf" is the same as "ln -f -s".

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