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Using GNU utils on Macs for Makefile compatibility

By on September 12, 2018 - Geekery Tags:

One problem I see often with local builds are Makefiles that use modern GNU features in common commands like sed, awk, and tar. If the product only runs on Linux, writing backwards compatible versions for the older BSD-based commands on Macs may not be an effective use of time.

A simple fix is to libexec/gnubin directory to your path as documented here: Install and Use GNU Command Line Tools on macOS. However this changes your active environment, which might break scripts expecting to run on macOS. Further, this isn’t a repeatable configuration that can be safely used by others.

A better way is to explicitly configure the GNU versions to ensure they are used during the build. Read More »

Rethinking Netconsonance

By on May 16, 2012 - News

Net Consonance was originally a full time consulting business. We did a lot of network and internet design work for companies. We put a lot of effort into improving open source software, and sending the improvements back upstream.

Over time each of the Net Consonance engineers has ended up with full time employment at various companies. There is no longer a dedicated office for Net Consonance, and we have no fulltime employees. Was it time for us to retire the brand? Read More »