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

From: Fredrik Öhrström
Subject: Re: [bug #712] GNU make can't handle spaces in pathnames
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:12:43 +0100

I have always wondered why we did not pick another
character than ascii 32 to represent space in file names.
There are a lot of codepoints in unicode that could be used.


2013/2/28 Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>:
>> 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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