Subject: bin/19781: make: error message not helpful
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/11/2003 13:09:34
>Number:         19781
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       make: error message not helpful
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Jan 11 04:09:01 PST 2003
>Originator:     Thomas Klausner
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6L
System: NetBSD 1.6K NetBSD 1.6K (HIRO) #0: Sat Dec 21 04:53:27 CET 2002 i386
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386
Run make on the following input file:

VAR:=	${OTHER:S/a/b/

Note the missing '}'.

Run make(1); it well spew the following two lines about 1400 times:
make: Unclosed variable specification for OTHER
make: Unknown modifier ''
[With an invisible ^@ between the two single quotes.]
The behaviour is better than previously, when make would just dump
core. It could still be improved, though :)

The test could be used as regression test, btw.

See above.
Not provided.