[Buildroot] Having MAKE set in environment causes buildroot to leak its own value

Mike Crowe mac at mcrowe.com
Wed Aug 5 13:55:02 UTC 2009

Having just spent a while trying to fathom this I thought it
worthwhile documenting it if only to give people who find the same
problem something they can google for.

I saw problems when building openssl with BR2_JLEVEL set to anything
higher than 1:

 asn1pars.o: In function `asn1parse_main':
 asn1pars.c:(.text+0xe8): undefined reference to `OBJ_cleanup'
 asn1pars.c:(.text+0x2d0): undefined reference to `OBJ_create_objects'

It was pretty clear that openssl was building parts of itself with
-j$(BR2_JLEVEL) even though the openssl.mk file specifically uses

I discovered that the options set in the MAKE variable in
package/Makefile.in were leaking through to recursive makes that
openssl's Makefile launched. This only occurred if MAKE happened to be
set in the environment that launched buildroot's make[1]. Although
openssl's top level make is run linearly any sub-makes it spawns
receive -j$(BR2_jLEVEL) and run in parallel. :(

I worked around this by ensuring that MAKE was unset before launching
the buildroot build system.

Assuming my understanding is correct I wonder if it would be better to
fix this permanently by adding "unexport MAKE" to package/Makefile.in?
Alternatively would it be worth adding a check to



[1] In my case it was being set by our SoC supplier's build system
which wraps buildroot.

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