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Re: makefile-mode font-lock bugs and annoyances

From: Daniel Pfeiffer
Subject: Re: makefile-mode font-lock bugs and annoyances
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 11:51:21 +0200
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la 11.06.2005 00:37 Richard Stallman skribis:

   As GNU-make is upward compatibile with traditional make, this makes the
   implementation easy:  just highlight GNU-make extensions by default, no
   mode-setting or whatever is necessary.

Daniel, that's how I want it to work.

For one thing you said yesterday that you wanted someone else to (partially) undo my changes. After that statement, this one is rather unclear. Are you trying to tell me you reconsidered? I'm not doing anything until I get a clear go ahead to repair the open issues that were brought up these last days, to save my work.

For another, when you load a .h file it comes up in C mode, even though enough .h files contain C++. Nobody would write class or template or even import or interface in C file, so why not have a superset of C, C++ or Java in one mode? That would be the same as having all makefiles in gmake mode, or, for that matter, in makepp mode because that is the superset. Nobody would (hopefully...) write "ifdef FOO" in a plain Makefile or "and ifsys aix" or "$((perl if( ... ) { ... }))" in a GNUMakefile. Too bad for BSD make which is incompatible!

Instead I had suggested doing some rudimentary scanning of the file to decide which submode is applicable. But I'd be just as happy (with less work for me) to just put [Mm]akefile in makefile-gmake-mode (except on BSD systems, where makefile-bsdmake-mode is the default). Then the modeline would clearly indicate this. And those who care could do C-c C-m C-m to go to plain make mode or set up their alist accordingly.

I see this separation as cleaner, and I don't think there's an overhead for derived modes to even bother about this, as long as the "politically right" mode gets chosen by default.

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