make versus _MANPAGE

Oliver Eikemeier eikemeier at
Sat Feb 7 04:15:18 PST 2004

Gerald Pfeifer wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Feb 2004, Oliver Eikemeier wrote:
>>>I am currently fighting a very nasty problem where a construct involving
>>>.for in a Makefile works as expected, depending on whether I use it before
>>>.include <> or after.
>>.for evaluates its arguments immediately, not delayed. _MANPAGES is
>>defined in, so it is only defined *afterwards*. Works
>>as advertised.
> Thanks for the explanation!
> So this _never_ could have worked, and we were just lucky in that none
> of our users noticed/reported the problem before?
Where do you use it? I *strongly* suggest that you look for an alternative,
this scheme may break if is reorganized.

> (Where could I have found the semantics of .for documented?  The make
> man page was not very helpful.)


  IEEE Std 1003.2-1992 (POSIX.2 Shell & Tools)

Sorry, make is not well documented in the base system.


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