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Re: [bug #36881] Sample code for $(eval) is incorrect and fails.

From: Stefano Lattarini
Subject: Re: [bug #36881] Sample code for $(eval) is incorrect and fails.
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:35:46 +0200

On 07/19/2012 08:03 AM, John Joganic wrote:
> Follow-up Comment #2, bug #36881 (project make):
> Thank you for the information.
> I must say that I'm rather concerned that fundamental syntax has changed with
> no mention in the manual.
AFAIU, the manual, being a reference manual, is just a description of the
current behaviours and semantics of the GNU make program.  It does not and
should not describe how GNU make changed through the years.  For that, there
is the NEWS file (which seems very clear and comprehensive in the case of
GNU make).

> Many documentation efforts are comprehensive, indicating after what version
> specific features were added.
Maybe the GNU make NEWS file could be made easily available on line, and
referenced from the manual?

> Few projects
> would ever risk a change to the syntax for something as minor as a point
> release.
But the 3.81 -> 3.82 bump represents a new major release.  A new point
release would have been something like "3.81.1".

> I certainly hope that whoever felt so strongly about that equal sign
> made absolutely certain that 3.82 is also backwards compatible with 3.81.
> Regards.
> -John


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