I'm using node-gyp on Linux with and need to use actions to define custom build steps (note sure whether this is a node-gyp issue or a general gyp issue).
The documentation seems to suggest that you should specify the command for the build steps as an array of strings, which must get concatenated together at some point to form the command:
'action': ['python', 'tools/js2c.py', '<@(_outputs)', 'CORE', '<@(core_library_files)'],
As it's Linux, node-gyp is going to generate a makefile for each target in the binding.gyp file, and for actions the custom command will appear in that makefile.
The problem I'm having is that the command needs to contain an = sign to set an environment variable as part of the command, and I need to chain commands with &&, e.g.:
export FOO=BAR && do-something-else --option
If I try to specify that as a gyp actions step, I hit various problems. I tried adding each 'word' in the command as a separate array element.
'action': ['export', 'FOO=BAR', '&&', 'do-something-else', '--option'],
That doesn't work, gyp (or rather the shell the command is passed to) complains that '&&' is not a valid identifier.
Peeking into the generated makefile, the command has been expanded to this, which explains the shell error:
export "FOO=BAR" "&&" do-something-else --option
The quotes have been left around the variable assignment and the &&. It's not clear why. I've tried many variations to stop this from happening to no avail. Anything that contains = or & ends up with quotes left around it, which in most cases renders the command syntax invalid.