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Re: bmake: :sh vs :!cmd!

On Sun, Mar 31, 2019 at 07:46:08PM +0200, Edgar Fu? wrote:
 > On the occasion of a discussion of != vs. :sh on tech-pkg/pkgsrc-users, 
 > I remembered I long wanted to ask why bmake has both :sh and :!cmd!, 
 > i.e., what the difference or intended usage is.

:sh works as follows:

   CMD=ls *.c
           $(CC) -c $(CMD:sh)

and :! like this:

           $(CC) -c $(WHATEVER:!ls *.c!)

Since the latter ignores the value of $(WHATEVER) it's kinda gross (it
is not the only such "modifier" though) but it avoids needing a
different syntax for command substitutions.

David A. Holland

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