Re: How to become very unpopular. (or:) A scary story.
On Thu, Aug 16, 2001 at 01:56:02PM -0400, Thomas Hood wrote:
> 3. Add a space after "ROOTDIR=/"
> 4. Release to unwary users
An easy way to prevent problems of this sort is to specify all directory
variables without trailing slashes. This makes using them more natural, too.
> mkdir $(LIBDIR)/foo
> cp -p lib/foo* $(LIBDIR)/foo/
> rm -rf $(LIBDIR)
Notice that nothing catastrophic happens even if some of the variables
are accidentally not set. Also notice the trailing slash on $(LIBDIR)/foo/,
which forces an error message when copying a single file to a directory
that should exist but doesn't.
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