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sometimes mrblib.o is not merged into libmruby.a #136

iwadon opened this Issue · 11 comments

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When libmruby.a and mrblib.o have the same timestamp, it may skip that Make merges mrblib.o to libmruby.a.


I am using GNU Make 3.81 on Mac OS X 10.7.4.

mruby member

I am not sure but "comparison is always true" warning may prevent mrblib compilation.
I removed the warning in a3a9d13, please see if it works.


Thank you for removing the warning.
I updated the log:

mruby member

I cannot reproduce the problem on the Linux box. I have no idea why make ignores creating mrblib.o and archiving it on your platform. Hmm.


Thank you very much for trying to reproduce this problem.
As the makeshift patch, I added .PHONY: $(LIBR) to mrblib/Makefile.
It works fine for me. But it always remakes libmruby.a.

mruby member

I can reproduce it here too. Since the mrblib/Makefile changed (10 hour ago) it also doesn't build correctly anymore:

gcc -o ../../bin/mruby -g -O3 ../../src/../tools/mruby/mruby.o ../../lib/libmruby.a  -lm
Undefined symbols for architecture x86_64:
  "_mrb_init_mrblib", referenced from:
      _mrb_init_core in libmruby.a(init.o)
ld: symbol(s) not found for architecture x86_64
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[1]: *** [../../bin/mruby] Error 1
make: *** [all] Error 2

As iwado this is fixing it for me too:

diff --git a/mrblib/Makefile b/mrblib/Makefile
index 7129623..12ee23d 100644
--- a/mrblib/Makefile
+++ b/mrblib/Makefile
@@ -45,6 +45,8 @@ endif
 .PHONY : all
 all : $(LIBR)

 # update libmruby.a
 $(LIBR) : $(MLIB)
        $(AR) r $(LIBR) $(MLIB)
mruby member

I don't want phony that forces libmruby.a to be updated.

What I don't understand is the reason why "make mrblib" don't update libmruby.a.
Top-level make run "make src" then "make mrblib", so the timestamp of mrblib.o should be newer than libmruby.a. Is anyone able to guess the situation?


GNU make on Mac OS X uses low resolution timestamp, maybe.

Mac OS X can use stat.st_mtimespec not stat.st_mtim.
But GNU make checks stat.st_mtim only for high resolution timestamp checking.
(see "whether to use high resolution file timestamps" in

I am sorry that I have no idea for this issue.


This is the problem depending on the file system. GNU make is not guilty.

The date resolution of HFS+ and other more filesystems is 1 second.

If the difference of the time when libmruby.a and mrblib.o are made becomes less than 1 second and the timestamps of both files are same, this problem will occur.


Yeah, I've just hit this too.. I'm building on a fast OS/X machine with an SSD and I hit it almost every build. I've been doing:

$ make -j12 ; touch mrblib/mrblib.o ; make -j12

to get around it for now.

I think having multiple make rules updating "libmruby.a" is just never going to work 100% safely.. just too complicated since its effectively a circular dependency (libmruby.a -> mrbc -> libmruby.a) which is hard to get make to deal with correctly.

I think the best solution would be to just split this into two libraries (libmruby_nolib, libmruby) Doing the "ar" is fast, so doing that part twice won't affect the compile speed. This also will be needed when crosscompiling support is added (important for the embedded space!) since then you'll have to build the engine twice: once for the host processor to build the lib, and a second time for the target processor. Might as well start getting the distinction in place.

mruby member

OK, splitting libmruby_nolib.a and libmruby.a sounds like a good idea.

@matz matz added a commit that closed this issue
@matz matz avoid updating existing libmruby.a to avoid problems on low time reso…
…lution file systems; close #136
@matz matz closed this in 3e3a8c1
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