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Re: Target specified by an empty variable

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Target specified by an empty variable
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 18:57:48 +0000 (UTC)
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Glenn Morris writes:
> My question really was, will having an "empty" target like this give a
> syntax error with some makes, even if nothing tries to run the
> associated rule?

Yes, some vendor makes will fail, e.g., IRIX make or HP-UX make:

$ cat Makefile
empty =

$(empty): foo

$ make
UX:make: ERROR: make: file `empty' line 4: Syntax error


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