bugmake - Bugs: bug #16372, .DELETE_ON_ERROR does not delete...

 
 

bug #16372: .DELETE_ON_ERROR does not delete directories

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Tue 18 Apr 2006 06:44:24 PM UTC  
Votes:  10  
 
Severity: 3 - NormalItem Group: Bug
Status: NonePrivacy: Public
Assigned to: NoneOpen/Closed: Open
Component Version: 3.81Operating System: Any
Fixed Release: NoneTriage Status: None

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Sun 16 Jul 2017 07:16:30 PM UTC, comment #2:

Wow, this is really old. But I also cannot see any reason not to delete an explicitly named target regardless of whether it's a regular file or directory.

David Boyce <boyski>
Sat 15 Jul 2017 03:22:43 PM UTC, comment #1:

Agreed.

Paul Draper <pauldraper>
Tue 18 Apr 2006 06:44:24 PM UTC, original submission:

As can be easily found out, either by a simple experiment or by reading the code in commands.c/delete_target, make does not even try to delete failed targets declared as prerequisites to .DELETE_ON_ERROR if they are not regular files.

If this is desired behavior, the manual does not mention it. I argue that it is not desired. An application I am working on builds directories as target, and, for the reasons mentioned in the manual, leaving them hanging around after a failed build is confusing for the human, and produces wrong results for the program.

The problem has been reported on the bug-make list as http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-make/2003-01/msg00014.html (receiving no replies).

Bengt Martensson <nospam@bengt-martensson.de>

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