[buug] GNU make unexpected behavior - any experts here?

Ian Zimmerman itz at buug.org
Thu Jan 31 17:56:18 PST 2013

On Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:37:01 -0800
Ian Zimmerman <itz at buug.org> wrote:

> I have a problem with one of the GNU extensions (not generic make
> functionality).  Anyone here feels wise, before I take it to the GNU
> forums?

I have figured it out, and it is a debacle for both sides invloved (me &

Apparently, the syntax for defining canned recipes changed incompatibly
between 3.81 and 3.82.  In all versions up to 3.81, there is no =
character on the define line; in 3.82, the = is required :-(

And, while I have the debian make package, I have installed the
documentation by hand (because I don't want non-free in my apt sources),
and of course only the latest version is available on gnu.org.


Ian Zimmerman
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