Questions about/issues with new OPTIONS framework

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Aug 8 06:53:59 UTC 2012

On 08/08/2012 07:25, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> Actually, that raises an important point, because the constructed
> variable names like 'mysql55-client_SET' should perhaps have
> syntactically significant characters like '-', '+' mapped to '_'

Interesting.  A very quick test shows that make(1) variables seem to
work just fine despite those significant characters:

% cat Makefile

Foo-bar= wibble
Baz+QUX= flonk

	@echo ${Foo-bar}
	@echo ${Baz+QUX}

% make

That came as quite a surprise to me.



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