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From Alexei Kosut <>
Subject Re: New Configure, Take iii
Date Thu, 01 Aug 1996 18:39:55 GMT
On Thu, 1 Aug 1996, Jim Jagielski wrote:

> > 1. Would it be possible to make the "rules" not have that colon in front
> > of them? What would be so bad about just "PLATFORM=whatever" and so forth
> > and so on. I'm concerned that people will accidentally remove the colons,
> > thinking them comment characters (I know they look that way to me - many
> > languages use semicolons as comment characters, and they look similar).
> Non-comment lines which lack the semi-colon are copied to the Makefile.
> Thus, they become Makefile options. To avoid any sort of problems
> later on, I think it's better that Configure not add a lot of these
> since we have no idea how it would affect various make's and systems.
> By setting the rules differently, we can protect them by making them
> a comment in the Makefile, which avoids any conflicts with make, but
> also allows Configure to control what goes on.
> I wasn't wild about using ':' either, but I wanted to use some character
> that was grep-compatible without escaping it. I'm open to suggestions :/

How about $? It's a nice variable-character. i.e.


That looks better to me.

-- Alexei Kosut <>            The Apache HTTP Server

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