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Re: win32 paths with spaces

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: win32 paths with spaces
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 08:32:08 -0500
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Paul D. Smith wrote:
%% address@hidden writes:

  j> Are there any plans for future support of filenames with spaces?

No solid plans.  I have an idea on how to do it but it could cause
incompatibilities in some areas.

The problem is that it's virtually impossible to do this using a
traditional escape mechanism.  When you consider all the ways variable
values are interpreted, get their values, all the different make
functions, etc. it's a daunting situation.  Fundamentally, the entire
syntax of make (not just GNU make: even the POSIX standard for make) is
"word based" and is not friendly to spaces inside a filename.

If the quoted names where honored, only removing them for the filesystem functions it should help. So if the target or dependency begins with a " then the search character becomes a " instead of the whitespace.

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