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Re: dashes in Makefile macro names

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: dashes in Makefile macro names
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:04:19 -0700
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[adding automake]

On 01/28/2011 04:38 AM, Bruno Haible wrote:
> Hi,
> Can you use $(FOO-BAR) in Makefile? It's not portable in POSIX [1]

Then let's get that addressed in POSIX!  We're already in the middle of
getting POSIX to support ${var${v}} nested variable expansions, on the
same arguments of multi-implementation portability and ease-of-use for

So I just added another bug report requesting '-' in macro names:

> So I think it's time to update the Autoconf documentation by adding a
> sentence. Here's a proposed patch.
> 2011-01-28  Bruno Haible  <address@hidden>
>       doc: Don't discourage dashes in Makefile macro names.
>       * doc/autoconf.texi (Special Chars in Names): Mention that dashes in
>       Makefile macro names are supported.

Looks reasonable to me.  But I'll wait for any additional feedback
before pushing, in case anyone else has input on the matter.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library

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