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Re: make doesn't take the shortest stem

From: Reinier Post
Subject: Re: make doesn't take the shortest stem
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:02:36 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Mon Jun  1 13:27:53 2015, address@hidden (Paul Smith) wrote:
> On Mon, 2015-06-01 at 13:54 +0200, Meir BENAYOUN wrote:
> > Item: Bug
> > Privacy: Public
> > Component Version: 3.81
> > 
> > When several pattern rules match a target, the one with the shortest
> > stem should be used as stated in the documentation:
> You are using GNU make 3.81 (released in 2006) but reading the
> documentation for the latest version of GNU make (4.1, released last
> fall).

It would be really helpful if each page of this documentation
reminded the readers of this fact.  If they're like me, they typically
arrive on those pages from a search engine and checking for differences
between versions just doesn't occur to them, the more so because their
version may well be the latest offered by their OS distribution,
even when it is 3.81.

Perhaps it is possible to include some kind of standard header?
E.g. 'these pages document GNU Make 4.1' with a link
to documentation of older versions.


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