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Re: commands commence before first target?

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: commands commence before first target?
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 23:36:09 -0500

%% address@hidden writes:

  k> Make 3.79, solaris 2.7.
  k> I run make -n on the following Makefile (which is just a long variable
  k> assignment).

  k> Get following error:
  k> Makefile:25: *** commands commence before first target.  Stop.

  k> Removing a single space from the beginning of the line with
  k> changingprivacy.html makes the error go away, I then get the correct
  k> make: Nothing to be done for `default'.

  k> There is no trailing whitespace on any of the continuation lines.

I cannot reproduce this with GNU make 3.79.1 on Solaris 7 or Debian
GNU/Linux unstable.

I'm concerned that something subtle happened to the file during email

If you still see this problem with 3.79.1, can you gzip the makefile
showing the problem and send it to me as an encoded attachment to
preserve all the whitespace and/or special chars?


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