[nycbug-talk] Undefining a variable set in make.conf

Marc Spitzer mspitzer
Wed Aug 31 02:02:58 EDT 2005

On 8/31/05, Scott Robbins <scottro at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
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> On Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 12:01:35AM -0400, Marc Spitzer wrote:
> > this:
> > .if defined(WITH_RUBY)
> >
> > shoud be this:
> > .if (defined(WITH_RUBY) && (WITH_RUBY == "YES"))
> >
> > or even better:
> >
> > file a bugreport, feel free to send in a patch also
> >
> > and my make is very rusty so there might be a syntax issue.
> I was about to post a followup to this.  One of the most knowledgeable
> people on the forums posted an answer quite similar to yours, suggesting
> that the original poster send in a PR, though his suggested syntax was a
> bit different, simply adding an .if defined(WITHOUT_RUBY).

I disagree, there is no way to unset a set make variable from the
command line, from what I read in the man page, and that can, and
will, lead to problems.  after all on other ports you want ruby.

Now with the WITH_SUBVERSION_RUBY way you have control over the switch
on a per port basis and you can override the defaults with a make -E
VAR=no or some such thing.

> My make is almost non-existant, so I'm not sure which solution would be
> best, though I rather like the && RUBY== "YES" better.

nope too general, from a maintenance POV you *want* to control this on
a per port basis, going foward you will be much happier.  You will
have one consistant way to control how the port builds.  For some you
want X for others you don't.

I got this from pkgsrc on netbsd. 

> Either way, I have my answer which is, that as things are, it would
> involve hacking the Makefile.

I would not call this hacking, trimming perhaps.


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