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Re: White Space Problems--Again

From: Tom Browder
Subject: Re: White Space Problems--Again
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 06:26:45 -0500

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM, Paul Smith <address@hidden> wrote:
> The reality is that make's escaping features are inconsistent at best
> and fairly useless at worst.  The trailing whitespace thing is really
> only the tip of the iceberg.  But, it's a large iceberg and virtually
> any possible solution would mean breaking lots of existing makefiles.
> That's the problem with a legacy application like make.

But what about changing the behavior as a user-selectable option (and
have it recognized by a special MAKE_?) environment variable)?

> The people who wrote POSIX have used many, many more various
> implementations of make than almost anyone reading this list.  And, make
> was commonplace long before POSIX was even a glimmer in someone's eye.

I know---that was a stupid statement I made.

Thanks, Paul.


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