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Re: mingw32-make does not set $(RM) to "del"

From: Yongwei Wu
Subject: Re: mingw32-make does not set $(RM) to "del"
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:48:59 +0800

On 6 January 2013 11:51, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:27:37 +0800
>> From: Yongwei Wu <address@hidden>
>> Cc: address@hidden
>> undefining $(RM) will break certain makefiles
> Can you show them and point to projects that use them?

No, I do not know popular projects that do this (they use more formal
methods). I do use $(RM) this way (in personal and proprietary
projects) to minimize the Makefile difference between Unix and Windows

For a personal project, you can check:

Maybe it is just informal, or even foolish. I doubt I am the only one
doing this.

Anyway, my point is that undefining RM does not bring benefits. If
make.exe cannot find rm.exe, it will issue a clear error message. If
RM is undefined, I do not think the message will be more friendly. I
think the principle of least surprise should apply here.

Best regards,


Wu Yongwei

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