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Subjectstrange Make behavior
While running the Byte benchmarks, I came across some strange Makefile
behavior. I don't know if it is a bug, but it is different from, say SUN
Solaris, and may lead to peculiar behavior.



Consider the two Makefiles (with your favorite simple source file source.c)

In Makefile-good, the variable TMPDIR is defined and everything works.
In Makefile-bad, the variable TMPDIR is undefined. It still creates the
file a.out, does not create the directory ./tmp. No error message. In
Solaris 2.5, it just bombs out (as it should).


#Makefile-good

SHELL = /bin/sh
CC=gcc
# local directories
TMPDIR = ./tmp

SOURCES = source.c
BINS = a.out

all: distr programs


distr:
@echo "Checking distribution of files"
# temporary work directory
@if test ! -d $(TMPDIR) \
; then \
mkdir $(TMPDIR) \
; else \
echo "$(TMPDIR) exists" \
; fi

programs: $(BINS)

a.out:
$(CC) -o a.out source.c


clean:
rm -f $(BINS)


#End of Makefile-good


########################################################################


#Makefile-bad

SHELL = /bin/sh
CC=gcc
# local directories
# TMPDIR = ./tmp


SOURCES = source.c
BINS = a.out

all: distr programs


distr:
@echo "Checking distribution of files"
# temporary work directory
@if test ! -d $(TMPDIR) \
; then \
mkdir $(TMPDIR) \
; else \
echo "$(TMPDIR) exists" \
; fi

programs: $(BINS)

a.out:
$(CC) -o a.out source.c


clean:
rm -f $(BINS)


#End of Makefile-bad



Any comments welcome,

-sen

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