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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:28:36 -0500
From: Jeffrey Goldberg <>
Subject: Re: OSX 10.8 (GT 650M) build fail

On 2012-08-18, at 8:29 PM, magnum <> wrote:

>> 	LC_ALL=C sed ...
>> (which I guess is what you implemented now), and see if this works.
> That is what I did now, but I still don't get why my previous try did
> not work. I had it like this:
>  SED = sed
>  NULL = /dev/null
> + LC_ALL = C
> That may have downsides but I'm puzzled why it did not work.


FOO = bar

in a Makefile only sets a "Make variable". It doesn't get set in the environment in which the commands are executed.

On the whole, I think that OS X is mistaken to not set LC_ALL in /etc/bash_profile and /etc/csh.login. I've had the problem with more than john, so I've set LC_ALL=C in ~/.profile and ~/.cshrc

Without building a Makefile from a configure script, I think the best solution is the add instructions to a README file for OS X users to set LC_ALL in their environment.

On the other hand, It actually make some sense to have

  LC_ALL=C sed ...

in the Makefile. After all, we don't want the result of the sed to depend on whether people are using Korean or Magyar collation rules.



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