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[bug #34310] pattern rule chains give misleading error message

From: anonymous
Subject: [bug #34310] pattern rule chains give misleading error message
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:33:02 +0000
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                 Summary: pattern rule chains give misleading error message
                 Project: make
            Submitted by: None
            Submitted on: Sat 17 Sep 2011 01:33:01 AM UTC
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Bug
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
       Component Version: 3.82
        Operating System: None
           Fixed Release: None
           Triage Status: None



I suspect this is a known issue but if you have a chain of pattern rules, and
a missing file at the bottom end of the chain, make doesn't tell you whats
going on but instead reports that there is 'no rule to make foo.built'.  Using
static pattern rules instead of general pattern rules hides the problem but it
seems that make should be able to give a clue about what is going on without
this, or at least not say that the rule doesn't exist when in fact its a
dependency further down the chain that is missing.


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