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'ere I am, J.M.! The ghost in the machine:

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Thursday June 12, 2003
05:11 PM

Making Make

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Today I built GNU make on a system without make.

I then tried, but failed, to build ar without ar.

Is it pride or folly that prevents me from installing binaries.

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  • Install the binary and then build another binary from the source? Or does that make you think too much about chickens and eggs :-)
  • if the ar is doing something simple like just joining a bunch of .o files into a .a file (or another .o file) you can try replaceing it with cat.

    $ ar -f foo.a foo_math.o foo_string.o foo_yadda.o
    $ cat foo_math.o foo_string.o foo_yadda.o >foo.a

    this may or may not work for you. i know you could do this (can't believe i'm saying this) in AmigaOS. and i'm pretty sure i've seen something like this in some configure scripts for *nix systems. a simple library file (created with ar) is little more tha