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Re: [bug #31614] allow spaces in target names

From: Petr Machata
Subject: Re: [bug #31614] allow spaces in target names
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:44:01 +0100

2010/11/10 Paul Smith <address@hidden>:
> However, this is not nearly the only problem with this suggestion.
> Adding support for whitespace inside filenames is actually extremely
> tricky, because almost all of make is really just text parsing, and all
> that parsing is whitespace-based.

Hmm, right, I didn't realize this.  Functions like sort, word and
others would all need to recognize the escape, wildcard would need to
return escaped spaces... And who knows what that ends up breaking.
I wonder, is the stance that this can of worms is best left closed, or
is that anything that would be desirable?


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