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[bug #32307] Documentation does not identify versions at which new featu
[bug #32307] Documentation does not identify versions at which new features became available
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:06:43 +0000
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Summary: Documentation does not identify versions at which
new features became available
Submitted by: marvingreenberg
Submitted on: Mon 31 Jan 2011 06:06:42 PM GMT
Severity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: Documentation
Assigned to: None
Discussion Lock: Any
Component Version: 3.82
Operating System: None
Fixed Release: None
Triage Status: None
Many versions of make are still in circulation, driven by the frameworks
(cygwin) and operating systems that include make. Although it is possible to
always upgrade to make.latest, it may not be practical.
Conditionals $(and) and $(or) were added with make 3.81, $(eval) and $(value)
with 3.80, various others presumably.
Propose that new features or changes behavior be documented with a small
comment like (Conditionals 'and' and 'or' were added at version 3.81). This
is similar to the approach taken by python and java.
Essentially the same information IS available in a source distribution in
NEWS, but adding this information to the documentation would make supporting
makefiles in the presence of multiple versions of GNU make more natural.
I suppose I should attach a patch. Maybe I'll do that if there is any
support for the idea.
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