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Really silly failure with 'make install' #495

eblume opened this Issue · 2 comments

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I was building redis for the first time today and noticed that 'make install' was giving the following message:

➜  redis-2.6.0-rc2  sudo make install
make: `install' is up to date.

And yet, redis was most definitely not installed.

I fixed the issue by deleting the 'INSTALL' file, which simply contains some prose instructing the reader to look at README. I have never seen this issue with other builds on my system, so I'm stumped as to why actually it was happening - I thought I knew 'enough' of GNU Make already but I guess not! However I think this might, maybe, just possibly be a bug with Redis under certain OSes and/or make versions. Apologies if it is not.

Here is the output of make -version:

➜  redis-2.6.0-rc2  make -version
GNU Make 3.81
Copyright (C) 2006  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

This program built for i386-apple-darwin11.3.0

I am running OS X 10.7.3, with whatever the most recent version of XCode command-line utilities is (I can never keep track).


Thanks! This is indeed pretty silly, but luckily only happens on OSX. It is the only (widely used) OS that I know of which has a case-insensitive file system. We'll need to declare the install target in the root Makefile as being a phony target, similar to other phony targets in our code base.


No problem. I'm normally quite happy with OSX but I have to say this has me very concerned and embarrassed for my platform of choice.

Anyway, thanks for the insight!

@pietern pietern closed this
@tsee tsee added a commit to tsee/redis that referenced this issue
@pietern pietern Fix `install` target on OSX (see #495) 7fa3701
@riywo riywo referenced this issue in matsumoto-r/ngx_mruby

Fix `install` target on OSX #66

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