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Re: 3.81 and windows paths

On Thu, Jul 27, 2006 at 03:40:18PM -0700, Brian Dessent wrote:
>William Sheehan wrote:
>>I can imagine that the immediate response to this complaint will be
>>"fix your Makefiles to work with Cygwin if it's such an important
>>component." As others have mentioned, this is no simple task in very
>>large Makefile systems that support a wide variety of compilation
>>toolchains.  Cygwin make has supported Win32 paths for a long time, so
>>much that I would say that people have come to rely on it.  I am not
>>saying that the changes are impossible; just that it is a larger
>>inconvenience than some may realize.
>In that case, spend your time working with the Make developers to get a
>patch accepted upstream that enables Windows path handling in Cygwin
>builds, so that there is not a large and cumbersome out-of-tree patch
>that has to be ported to each new make release.  Remember this is a
>volunteer effort, and SHTDI.  Or you can stick with make 3.80.

Actually, we have had people who have complained because make became
confused by certain uses of a ':' in the old version of make.  I see now
that this is because of the attempt to interpret a valid make rule as
a MS-DOS path.

So, I'm less inclined to want to recommend an upstream patch.  I don't
think I want to break valid makefiles which work on linux.


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