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Bug 244068 - errors building included files don't stop make
errors building included files don't stop make
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: make (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Petr Machata
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2007-06-13 11:53 EDT by David M. Lee
Modified: 2015-05-04 21:33 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-06-25 11:10:04 EDT
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Example of the bug (330 bytes, application/octet-stream)
2007-06-13 12:08 EDT, David M. Lee
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Description David M. Lee 2007-06-13 11:53:06 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070515 Firefox/

Description of problem:
If there's an error in building a file included by a Makefile, make should exit (at least that was the behavior with FC5's make-3.80-10.2).

In FC6 and F7, make continues happily along ignoring the error.

I'll attach a contrived example to demonstrate.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. make -f include-bug.make

Actual Results:
[dmlee@fc6 tmp]$ make -f include-bug.make 
rm -f generatedIncludeThatINeed
false # simulate a bug

Expected Results:
[dmlee@fc5 tmp]$ make -f include-bug.make
rm -f generatedIncludeThatINeed
false # simulate a bug
make: *** [generatedIncludeThatINeed] Error 1

Additional info:
This same bug exists in Fedora 7's make.
Comment 1 David M. Lee 2007-06-13 12:08:57 EDT
Created attachment 156892 [details]
Example of the bug

Just run this as 'make -f include-bug.make', and you will see what I'm talking
Comment 2 Petr Machata 2007-06-25 11:10:04 EDT
That's because you include the file with the "-include" directive.  From the manual:

If you want make to simply ignore a makefile which does not exist and cannot be
remade, with no error message, use the -include directive instead of include,
like this:

     -include filenames...

This acts like include in every way except that there is no error (not even a
warning) if any of the filenames do not exist. For compatibility with some other
make implementations, sinclude is another name for -include.

If you want make to fail when the dependency isn't available, include simply
with a "include" directive.  I guess the change in behavior is actually due to
some bugfix.

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