[Bug 76012] New: bogus report that it fails to find makefile

Ulrich Eckhardt doomster at knuut.de
Tue Feb 24 13:28:06 UTC 2004

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           Summary: bogus report that it fails to find makefile
           Product: kdevelop
           Version: 3.0.0b2
          Platform: Debian stable
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kdevelop-devel kdevelop org
        ReportedBy: doomster knuut de

Version:           3.0.0b2 (using KDE KDE 3.2.0)
Installed from:    Debian stable Packages

Related bugs are 

The problem is that I get this error-message pressing F8, on an imported kmail subdir from the kdepim package:

 |There is no Makefile in this directory
 |and no configure script for this project.
 |Run automake & friends and configure first?

Now, this message is totally bogus, because:
- I already ran configure, which is in the parent-dir
- there _is_ a Makefile in the project root
- 'this directory' is totally useless information );
- there is no requirement for any hardcoded makefile filenames at all. 
The patch from 74570 to add one more name is only half-hearted, as 71675 clearly shows. Anyone who tried to use a different build-system like jam/bjam to build anything will confirm that.
- make itself will already generate sufficient error-messages when it fails to find its files

Please remove the whole check or make it a warning, in the latter case one with a checkbox to permanently disable it.

As a workaround for all bitten by this, you can add an entry to the external tools for a file context with 
- Menu text = make
- Executable = make
- Parameters = -C %D -f %S
- a checked 'capture output'

Note: clicking on an error-message doesn't work with that.

thank you


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