Strange compile error

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Fri Jun 27 05:09:39 EST 2008

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 07:57:30PM +0200, John Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> Ive just downloaded OpenSSH 5.0, but I get some strange errors when I
> try to do the build on my RHEL4 box :
> # cd ssh
> # make obj
> Makefile:3: *** missing separator.  Stop.
> # make cleandir
> Makefile:3: *** missing separator.  Stop.
> # make obj
> Makefile:3: *** missing separator.  Stop.
> Ive followed the instructions as mentioned on the OpenSSH build page,
> but I can't seem to figure out what I am doing wrong here. Any and all
> help would sincerely be appreciated.

You're following the OpenBSD build instructions on a Linux box.  You need
the instructions for the Portable release: and the openssh-5.0p1.tar.gz tarball.

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