[Buildroot] [git commit] core: don't reset MAKEOVERRIDES when re-entering make

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com
Thu Nov 3 20:48:44 UTC 2016

commit: https://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/commit/?id=5e3f89666bbe0bf493ade79ffa4ad3c863bf71b4
branch: https://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/commit/?id=refs/heads/master

We reset MAKEOVERRIDES to avoid passing down variables that are
overridden on the command line to the package build systems. Indeed,
the variables overridden on the command line will be Buildroot
variables and not relevant to the package build system. In particular
the O option is used by some packages and the value passed in on the
command line is plain wrong for the individual package.

However, in commit 916e614b, MAKEOVERRIDES was moved earlier and it
was reset _before_ re-entering make in the cases when something has
to be fixed up (incorrect umask, non-absolute paths in O or CURDIR).
Therefore, if make is re-entered, any command line overrides are lost.

This particularly bites the autobuilders, because they use
O=<relative path> to specify the output directory, and they add
BR2_JLEVEL=... to avoid starting too many jobs in parallel. The
BR2_JLEVEL override is lost.

Signed-off-by: Arnout Vandecappelle (Essensium/Mind) <arnout at mind.be>
Cc: Samuel Martin <s.martin49 at gmail.com>
Cc: Yann E. MORIN <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr>
Reviewed-by: Samuel Martin <s.martin49 at gmail.com>
Tested-by: Maxime Hadjinlian <maxime.hadjinlian at gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com>
 Makefile | 12 +++++++-----
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index c00e200..4b494a3 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -35,11 +35,6 @@ SHELL := $(shell if [ -x "$$BASH" ]; then echo $$BASH; \
 ifneq ("$(origin O)", "command line")
 O := $(CURDIR)/output
-# Other packages might also support Linux-style out of tree builds
-# with the O=<dir> syntax (E.G. BusyBox does). As make automatically
-# forwards command line variable definitions those packages get very
-# confused. Fix this by telling make to not do so.
 # Strangely enough O is still passed to submakes with MAKEOVERRIDES
 # (with make 3.81 atleast), the only thing that changes is the output
 # of the origin function (command line -> environment).
@@ -155,6 +150,13 @@ else ifneq ($(filter-out $(nobuild_targets),$(MAKECMDGOALS)),)
+# We call make recursively to build packages. The command-line overrides that
+# are passed to Buildroot don't apply to those package build systems. In
+# particular, we don't want to pass down the O=<dir> option for out-of-tree
+# builds, because the value specified on the command line will not be correct
+# for packages.
 # Include some helper macros and variables
 include support/misc/utils.mk

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