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[bug #27374] fatal error reading included makefile silently ignored

From: Michael Coleman
Subject: [bug #27374] fatal error reading included makefile silently ignored
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 19:26:23 +0000
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                 Summary: fatal error reading included makefile silently
                 Project: make
            Submitted by: mkc
            Submitted on: Wed 02 Sep 2009 02:26:22 PM CDT
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Bug
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
       Component Version: 3.81
        Operating System: POSIX-Based
           Fixed Release: None
           Triage Status: None



While including a makefile, if a fatal error (e.g., no more filehandles
available) is generated, make does not give any error or warning, even if the
include is not preceded by a '-'.

This can be reproduced like so, assuming that the top-level makefile is named

include make.bug

echo ::
        @echo echoing

This will recurse until the filehandle limit is hit, then complete with no
diagnostics nor error status.

I think that an error like exceeding the filehandle limit should *always*
draw an immediate fatal error, as this is not the kind of error that should
ever be ignored.


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