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

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: [bug #34310] pattern rule chains give misleading error message
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:46:56 +0000
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Update of bug #34310 (project make):

                  Status:                    None => Not A Bug              
             Open/Closed:                    Open => Closed                 


Follow-up Comment #1:

Make cannot give such an error.  You think it can because you already know
what the answer _should_ have been so it seems obvious to you, but make
doesn't know that answer.  Make may try hundreds of different suffix and
pattern rules looking for a rule that can build a given target: there's no
way, since no rule matches, to know what rule it "should" have found and hence
no way to choose what message to print.

If you want to see all the different ways make tried to find a rule to build a
given target, that's already available via the debug output.


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