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Re: Bug#218367: make: strange behavior with multi-target rules

From: Manoj Srivastava
Subject: Re: Bug#218367: make: strange behavior with multi-target rules
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 01:52:00 -0600
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Package: make
Version: 3.80-4

I have always thought that a normal (non-pattern) rule with multiple
targets gets run multiple times, once per each target that is out of
date.  At least, that's what the manual says.  Sometimes one would
like a different behavior, namely to update all the targets at once
with one run, but as long as it's documented and established I am
willing to live with it.  But there seems to be more to it.

        Blah \
        Bleh \

SOURCES := $(addsuffix .sml,$(MODULES)) 

TEX := $(addsuffix .tex,$(MODULES)) 

modules.tex : $(TEX)
        cat $(TEX) > modules.tex

        ./bin/plit $(SOURCES)

I have files Blah.sml and Bleh.sml.
Surprise #1: make modules.tex runs the last rule _once_ (which happens
to be what I want in this case).

Surprise #2: add a flag to the command, so now the last rule is

        ./bin/plit -n $(SOURCES)

touch one of the .sml files, make modules.tex again.  Now plit runs twice!

Surprise #3: refactor like this

$(TEX) : junk

junk: $(SOURCES)
        ./bin/plit -n $(SOURCES)

touch Blah.sml.  Now make modules.tex runs the last rule (once), but
not the first rule (for modules.tex itself), even though it clearly is
out of date!

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux homage 2.4.22custom1 #4 Fri Oct 3 19:15:17 PDT 2003 i586

Versions of packages make depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.3.2-7    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

People don't usually make the same mistake twice -- they make it three
times, four time, five times...
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