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I meet the following error when I try to compile Ocaml on my server running AIX 6.1 :

"../Makefile.shared", line 39: make: 1254-055 Dependency line needs colon or double colon operator.
"../Makefile.shared", line 40: make: 1254-055 Dependency line needs colon or double colon operator.
"../Makefile.shared", line 41: make: 1254-055 Dependency line needs colon or double colon operator.
make: 1254-058 Fatal errors encountered -- cannot continue.
make: 1254-004 The error code from the last command is 2.

This appears when I execute make world. This is the final output from ./configure:

Directories where Objective Caml will be installed:
        binaries.................. /usr/local/bin
        standard library.......... /usr/local/lib/ocaml
        manual pages.............. /usr/local/man (with extension .1)
Configuration for the bytecode compiler:
        C compiler used........... gcc
        options for compiling..... -fno-defer-pop -Wall -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -D_REENTRANT
        options for linking.......   -lm  -lcurses -lpthread
        shared libraries not supported
Configuration for the native-code compiler:
        (not supported on this platform)
Source-level replay debugger: supported
Additional libraries supported:
        unix str num dynlink bigarray systhreads threads graph dbm
Configuration for the "num" library:
        target architecture ...... generic (asm level 0)
Configuration for the "graph" library:
        options for compiling .... -I/usr/X11R7/include
        options for linking ...... -L/usr/X11R7/lib -lX11
The "labltk" library: not supported
** Objective Caml configuration completed successfully **
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migrated from stackoverflow.com Jul 28 '11 at 16:39

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I just saw your other question. Since you just want to compile a program that's written in Ocaml, I recommend trying Christoph Bauer's port of Ocaml. Furthermore, since you aren't doing Ocaml programming, Stack Overflow is the wrong place for your question; it should be migrated to another site (do not repost!). – Gilles Jul 28 '11 at 11:32
ok , thank you :) i will do it – Eng Al-Rawabdeh Jul 28 '11 at 12:52

AIX is no longer an officially-supported platform. There is an unofficial port of OCaml 3.11.2.

You can fix your immediate build error by using GNU make. Alternatively, you can try tweaking the makefile. otherlibs/Makefile.shared is using a non-standard construct ?=; change the three lines to use =, i.e. CMIFILES = $(CAMLOBJS:.cmo=.cmi) and so on. You'll also need to change otherlibs/num/Makefile to move the line with the definition of CMIFILES below include ../Makefile, and similarly in otherlibs/dbm/Makefile and otherlibs/str/Makefile move the definition of CLIBNAME below include ../Makefile.

I recommend searching or posting on the caml-list. This is the best place to get in touch with other people who may still be using Ocaml on AIX.

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You should put full logs (on pastebin or whatever) and not cut arbitrary parts out! Also show the output of make --version (GNU make should work).

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yes i install gmake and after i install it ./configure and gmake world it is appear execute successfully but i still have an error when i execute gmake opt and the error is Makefile:23: *** missing separator. Stop. .... so what is the error now ??? – Eng Al-Rawabdeh Jul 28 '11 at 12:50
Probably make is called recursively in ocaml's Makefile without $(MAKE), but since you still don't include any logs I can't help you. – ygrek Jul 28 '11 at 15:22

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