According to section 8.11 of the gnu
manual, I should be able to use the shell command to assign a variable.
However, this doesn't work.
I've tried assigning the variable from
outside a rule but the command does not get executed and the variable is
empty. The only time the shell command is executed is from within
a rule but variable assignments within rule is not allowed.
contents := $(shell cat foo)
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