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Re: creation of a directory

From: Noel Yap
Subject: Re: creation of a directory
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 13:25:09 -0500

"Paul D. Smith" wrote:
> It's done so that if you write:
>     foo: bar/
> in one place in your makefile, and:
>     bar: biz
> another place, and:
>     boz: $(CURDIR)/bar
> in a third place, make realizes they are all the same target and won't
> try to build them multiple times (or, say "don't know how to build ..."
> for one or more of them).

IMHO, this argument isn't very strong -- why not have gmake grok directory 
hardlink syntax like '.' and '..'?  I don't think it'd be too much to ask 
people to be consistent with their '/' placements.

Anyway, the only reason I can see to keep this feature is for backwards 
compatibility.  Since there is a workaround, simplifying GNU make in this 
respect isn't worth it.

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