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Nonexistent phony prerequisite

From: Christian Weisgerber
Subject: Nonexistent phony prerequisite
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:51:44 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.6.1 (2016-04-27)

I ran into this surprising behavior (GNU Make 4.2.1):

foo: phony
        touch foo

.PHONY: phony

$ gmake
touch foo

A nonexistent prerequisite is ignored if it is marked as phony.
Is this a bug or a strange feature?  A different make(1) implementation

$ make
make: don't know how to make phony (prerequisite of: foo)

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber                          address@hidden

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