make or broken

Ruslan Ermilov ru at
Sat Jan 14 11:56:47 PST 2006

On Sat, Jan 14, 2006 at 07:57:55AM +0100, Max Laier wrote:
> Hi,
> in (and I believe in other places as well) we have constructs in the 
> form of this: ${SOMEARRAY:M${SOMEVAR}}  However, make doesn't seem to 
> understand this.  I don't see any traces that it ever did and I have no clue 
> if it should.
> I might well misunderstand things (not a make guru) so here is my testcase:
> | STUFF= foo bar foobar
> | FOO=foo
> | 
> | mtest:
> | 	echo ${STUFF:M${FOO}}
> and "$make mtest" gives:
> | echo }
> | }
> this clearly suggests that make is not equipped to handle the variable 
> expansion here.
> In any case we have to fix either or make.
> On a related question:  How can I get the actual location of a file that is 
> in .PATH?  All I could come up with was ${.ALLSRC:M*${MY_FILE}} which doesn't 
> work as I am explaining here.
This OTOH works since FOO variable is special (it's evaluated at parse time):

STUFF=  foo bar foobar

.for FOO in foo
	@echo ${STUFF:M${FOO}}

If there are other instances such as the example you've given, they should
indeed be fixed.

Ruslan Ermilov
ru at
FreeBSD committer
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