make ".if exists" problem/question

Emanuel Strobl Emanuel.strobl at
Thu Aug 25 17:51:48 GMT 2005

Dear make gurus (bsd make, not gmake),

it seems that make checks .if directives only at statrup. How can I trigger 
a "reread"?
I have the problem that in one target I create a filetree, another target 
checks if it exists, if not it creates itself again. Now it works 
perfectly when I call the two targets both externally (installcfworld 
installcfconfig) but when the internal higher "install" gets to the 
installcfconfig target it fails!
I'm really desperate, I need to check this. Is this a nasty bug?


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