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Re: Filenames containing blanks

From: Raja R Harinath
Subject: Re: Filenames containing blanks
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 15:31:00 -0500
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Alexandre Duret-Lutz <address@hidden> writes:

>>>> "gd" == Guido Draheim <address@hidden> writes:
>  gd> Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
>  >>>>> "Ralf" == Ralf Corsepius <address@hidden> writes:
>  Ralf> Hi,
>  Ralf> Simple question: Does automake support filenames containing blanks?
>  >> I guess nobody really bothered because Make itself uses blanks
>  >> as filename separators.  '\ ' seems to be a GNU extension, does
>  >> anybody knows of another implementation where it works?  (Do not
>  >> misread this as an objection, I'm just curious to know where it
>  >> can work.)
>  gd> The '\ 's are not seen by make, they are interpreted by the shell
>  gd> that is invoked in the make rule executions, right? And for data,
>  gd> there is rarely the occasion it occurs in a make rule header...
> $(data_DATA) is a dependency of all, check, install, and
> distdir, in case data file need to be built.  So it matters.
> Try 
> FOO = f\ 1
> all: $(FOO)
> and compare
> % make       # GNU make
> make: *** No rule to make target `f 1', needed by `all'.  Stop.
> % pmake      # NetBSD make
> make: don't know how to make f\. Stop
> % fmake      # FreeBSD make
> make: don't know how to make f\. Stop

I think it'd be OK to have filenames with spaces in
In that case, the generated rules have to be space-clean.  I think
it's worthwhile to consider Ralf's patch after he addresses some of my

- Hari
Raja R Harinath ------------------------------ address@hidden

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