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[bug #16958] Marking .PHONY dependencies as targets is a regression agai

From: Boris Kolpackov
Subject: [bug #16958] Marking .PHONY dependencies as targets is a regression against 3.80
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 17:32:25 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #1, bug #16958 (project make):

Prerequisites of the .PHONY special target are marked as targets because they
are effectively targets. For example, if you have an empty Makefile and say

$ make all

you get:

make: *** No rule to make target `all'.  Stop.

If, however, you have this in your makefile

.PHONY: all

then there is no problem building all. Both 3.80 and 3.81 print

make: Nothing to be done for `all'.

I am not saying that we shouldn't fix this regression. I am saying that I
believe the code I added is correct and the problem is elsewhere (most likely
in the code that decides whether to use commands from .DEFAULT or not).


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