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Re: mingw32-make does not set $(RM) to "del"

From: Yongwei Wu
Subject: Re: mingw32-make does not set $(RM) to "del"
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:27:37 +0800

On 5 January 2013 15:33, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:29:17 +0800
>> From: Yongwei Wu <address@hidden>
>> > There just isn't a good alternative on Windows.  I might support
>> > leaving this variable undefined on Windows, but using 'del" is a
>> > non-starter.
>> If one uses Unix-style tools like make.exe, one should definitely also
>> need tools like rm, ls, wc, grep, etc.
> I agree (and I do), but I won't force others to do that.  So if it is
> deemed better to have that variable undefined on Windows, I might be
> convinced to do that.  The number of Makefile's out there which use
> these defaults is small anyway, according to my experience.

No, undefining $(RM) will break certain makefiles, and bring no real
benefits, IMHO. Breaking backward compatibility always requires a very
sound reason, and I do not see it here.

Wu Yongwei

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