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Re: Enhancement request regarding make variable names

From: Ted Stern
Subject: Re: Enhancement request regarding make variable names
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 2004 14:36:47 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

On 9 Jan 2004, Dale R. Worley wrote:
> [This enhancement request is for Gnu make 3.79.1.]
> It would be a useful thing if Make variable names were forbidden to
> contain slash (`/'), as well as `:', `#', and `='.  The reason I make
> this request is that I was rebuilding a Linux kernel in a directory
> named (more or less) `/auto/LABEL=Backup/linux-2.4.20-24.8.test4'.
> The Linux kernel makefile expands out the full path of the files it is
> working with, rather than using relative names, so at one point, it
> generated a Makefile rule looking something like this:

Actually, I use slashes (strokes for our British readers) in my variable
names.  There are times when I find this convenient.

If you want to prohibit them, it might be better to use an option to turn it

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