Make behavior on TOPS20 Panda distribution

Warner Losh imp at
Thu Mar 12 09:18:14 CDT 2020

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 2:43 AM Rich Alderson via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> From: David Griffith
> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:41 AM
> > I've successfully managed to get a simulated TOPS20 environment going
> with
> > networking.  Now there's a new strange hitch: the behavior of make.
> Would
> > someone please look at this and tell me what I'm doing wrong?
> > For a simple Makefile, it works fine if I just type "make", but if I type
> > "make <target>", I get the commands sent to the command line, but no
> > responses.  The display then stalls at the eighth source file.
> Strangely, if
> > I scroll up in the xterm, it gets dragged back down as if more stuff is
> being
> > printed.
> "make" is not native to TOPS-20, and is unknown to the vast majority of
> TOPS-20
> programmers.  The best thing to do is to get the source for make and run it
> under DDT to see where it's failing to perform as you expect, and fix it
> yourself.
> It is unfortunate that Unix make was ever ported to TOPS-20, because there
> was
> already a MAKE command which invoked TECO with an empty buffer.  This is
> the
> source of the joke response to "MAKE LOVE"; it has nothing to do with your
> issue with the Unix program.

Maybe he's running the native one? The error message suggests that may be
the case.


Instead of using a badly ported Unix program, you ought to learn to build
> TOPS-20 control files and do your compiles that way.
> Just my $0.02.
>                                                                 Rich

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