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Re: problem of Pattern Rules

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: problem of Pattern Rules
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 01:53:54 -0500

Make does not deal with backslashes very well at all.  This is discussed
already in the README.W32 file, etc.

It is a known issue but one for which there is no trivial solution:
backslashes in UNIX (and make) typically are escape characters.

I will give you the same advice that the README files, etc. do: don't
use backslashes, use forward slashes.  Almost all Windows programs will
work with both.  The only exception is COMMAND.COM programs, and you can
work around that either by translating them in the command script (with
subst, probably), or getting w32 versions of programs that do the same
thing (maybe Cygnus UNIX tools for Windows, for example).

 Paul D. Smith <address@hidden>          Find some GNU make tips at:
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