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

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [bug #712] GNU make can't handle spaces in pathnames
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:47:39 +0200

> Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:32:32 +0100
> From: Reinier Post <address@hidden>
> 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.

"Lot of trouble" and "no support at all" are two very different
things.  E.g., in Unix shell scripts, if I do care about supporting
such file names, I can have it if I'm careful enough to quote every
file name (a.k.a. "a lot of trouble").  But in a Makefile, I simply
cannot have them at all.  No fire escape, period.

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