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RE: basename function in 4.3 cygwin

From: Ronald Hoogenboom
Subject: RE: basename function in 4.3 cygwin
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 15:17:53 +0000

As I said, possibly not a bug, but a change in functionality nevertheless.
It is all about what you consider to be "the directory part" and this 
consideration has apparently changed.
I realize that my statement about documenting it is unjust. Sorry about that. 
The info text for basename function hasn't changed between 3.81 and 4.x.

The root cause of this is (as always) the dual meaning of a backslash: an 
escape character or a path separator. Maybe a better way of escaping would be 
single-quoting it. Note that in my real use-case, the character after the 
backslash is a '?', which needs to be passed un-molested by the shell. I have 
some weird experiences with single quoting in makefiles, though.

-----Original Message-----
From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> 
Sent: Friday, 21 May 2021 5:04 PM
To: Ronald Hoogenboom <RHoogenboom@irdeto.com>
Cc: psmith@gnu.org; bug-make@gnu.org
Subject: Re: basename function in 4.3 cygwin

> From: Ronald Hoogenboom <RHoogenboom@irdeto.com>
> Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 14:46:00 +0000
> small makefile to produce what I mean:
> ------------ cut here ---------------
> all:
>         @echo $(foreach x,$(TRY),$(firstword $(subst ., ,$x)))
> none:
>         @echo $(basename $(TRY))
> ------------- cut here ---------------
> "make all" does my workaround "make none" does the 'native' basename.
> expect
> since 4.x window/cygwin

This is according to the documentation:

  '$(basename NAMES...)'
       Extracts all but the suffix of each file name in NAMES.  If the
       file name contains a period, the basename is everything starting up
       to (and not including) the last period.  Periods in the directory
       part are ignored.  If there is no period, the basename is the
       entire file name.  For example,

            $(basename src/foo.c src-1.0/bar hacks)

       produces the result 'src/foo src-1.0/bar hacks'.

"Periods in the directory part are ignored."  Which is what you have:
the file-name extensions are in the directory names, not the file names.

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