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Re: $(file) can't read files

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: $(file) can't read files
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 14:02:54 -0400

On Wed, 2015-05-27 at 07:50 +0100, Tim Murphy wrote:
> $(shell cat filename) is also often used to read files into variables.
> There isn't much reason why $(file <) shouldn't read a file though is
> there?   It would have the additional benefit of being platform
> independent. 

This would not be difficult.  There is one question to be answered:
should the results of reading a file be verbatim (including newlines)?
or should it be condensed, like the output of the $(shell ...) function,
where newlines are converted to spaces?

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