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Subject[PATCH] kbuild: ensure Make >= 3.82 is used
Documentation/process/changes.rst notes the minimal GNU Make version,
but it is not checked anywhere.

We could check $(MAKE_VERSION), but another simple way is to check
$(.FEATURES) since the feature list always grows although this way
is not always possible. For example Make 4.0 through 4.2 have the
same set of $(.FEATURES).

Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>

Changes in v3:
- Check the version in a different way

Makefile | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 2dda1e9a717a..66dfc5751470 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -11,6 +11,11 @@ NAME = Hurr durr I'ma ninja sloth
# Comments in this file are targeted only to the developer, do not
# expect to learn how to build the kernel reading this file.

+# Ensure Make >= 3.82
+ifeq ($(filter undefine,$(.FEATURES)),)
+$(error Make $(MAKE_VERSION) is too old)
$(if $(filter __%, $(MAKECMDGOALS)), \
$(error targets prefixed with '__' are only for internal use))

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