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RE: make (v. 3.81) fails -- "target pattern contains no `%'"

On 13 July 2006 01:47, Christopher Faylor wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 05:32:04PM -0700, Jim Lawson wrote:
>>>> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 20:15:27 -0400
>>> From: "Aslam Karachiwala" <akwala@gmail>

>>>  The error -- target pattern contains no `%' --
>>> occurs at a target
>>> such as the following:
>>> releaseproducts  :: $(RELEASEDIR)/$(BINIMAGE)
>> I think you'll find that this is due to the dropping of support for
>> Windows paths in the new (3.81) version of make.  I suspect
>> $(RELEASEDIR) has a ':' in it somewhere.
>> Try something like this:
>> RELEASEDIR:=$(shell cygpath -u $(RELEASEDIR))
> That is an inspired guess which never would have occurred to me.  I'll
> bet you're right, though.  That may even become a FAQ at some point.
> If this isn't the case then we'll (obviously?) need to see more of
> the makefile than the one failing line.

  It's absolutely the case, I had the exact same problem myself when I built
(re)make from source without the cygwin-specific patches.

  In my case I fixed it by porting the diffs from the cygwin make-3.80 source
package.  (I have users who require a mixed-mode make environment).

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