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Re: [bug #712] GNU make can't handle spaces in pathnames

From: Reinier Post
Subject: Re: [bug #712] GNU make can't handle spaces in pathnames
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:32:32 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Wed Feb 27 04:55:13 2013, address@hidden (Jian) wrote:
> Follow-up Comment #12, bug #712 (project make):
> What's a pity the bug/limitation has lasted more than 10 years! I'd like to
> share my workaround here.

Thanks ...

I don't think make can be expected to handle spaces in filenames
because by design it relies on many other tools and scripts that
cannot handle them or handle them in very idiosyncratic ways.
You're in for a lot of trouble regardless of what make itself supports.
Most Unix scripters know this before they even meet make, so they
will already avoid using spaces (or other shell metacharacters) in
filenames with make.  However, it might be helpful to document any
specific problems make itself has with such characters in filenames.


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