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Re: Intro + gnu make vs. other makes

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: Intro + gnu make vs. other makes
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 11:48:56 -0400

%% "Leeuwesteijn,Joost" <address@hidden> writes:

  l> I must say I really liked its features and its clear syntax. I was
  l> wondering why some (1997 old) features never ended up in gnu make
  l> (e.g. '.INCLUDE .NOINFER' to prevent remaking of makefiles,
  l> assignment operators like +:=, specify .PHONY in the actual rule
  l> itself, I believe VPATH was called .SOURCE, path separator
  l> handling, .EXIT target, etc.).

  l> Has anybody ever looked at dmake and the possibility to merge some
  l> features or even the two projects? I guess it has to do with
  l> backward compatibility, and personal taste, and time :-)

Yes.  :-)

As far as I know, no one has looked at it.

GNU make is intended to be a faithful implementation of the POSIX make
standard, plus a lot of extended features.  So, new features are fine
BUT we cannot accept any features which would cause POSIX-compliant
makefiles to fail to execute properly.

 Paul D. Smith <address@hidden>          Find some GNU make tips at:            
 "Please remain calm...I may be mad, but I am a professional." --Mad Scientist

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