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[bug #15718] Weird behavior of the SHELL variable on Win32

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: [bug #15718] Weird behavior of the SHELL variable on Win32
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 04:06:04 -0500
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Follow-up Comment #3, bug #15718 (project make):

If you want to have Perl execute a program on the command line you have to
give it the -e option (see the Perl manual).  Running "perl foo" causes Perl
to try to execute the file named "foo".  If you want to run a Perl script on
the command line, which is what make wants to do, then you have to use -e.

Now the bad news: make doesn't support this.  Make always invokes its
commands using the syntax "$(SHELL) -c <script>", and there's no way to
change that -c to anything else.  This is something I've long considered
fixing, by adding a SHELLFLAGS variable or something that could be overridden
by the makefile--even in UNIX without changing SHELL this is handy; some
people would prefer to invoke /bin/sh with the -e option as well as the -c

The only way to get around it right now is write a little script wrapper that
takes arguments of the form make provides, then invokes Perl with the proper
translation of those arguments.


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