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bug #50413: better error message when load ":" requested

Submitted by:  J.J. Green <jjg>
Submitted on:  Mon 27 Feb 2017 04:44:26 PM UTC  
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Enhancement
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
Component Version:  None Operating System:  POSIX-Based
Fixed Release:  None Triage Status:  None

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Mon 27 Feb 2017 04:44:26 PM UTC, original submission:

It seems that in Gnu Make 4.0 (or thereabouts) the target

load : whatever

would attempt to load a shared object called ":" and issue a confusing error message which looks rather like C++ "could not load:: file not found". Given that this a recent change in Gnu Make's behaviour (I was bitten by this on an upgrade from LMDE betsy to Mint Selina), that "make load" is problematic as a search term, and that make's own documentation used a space between the target and colon until recently, that when attempting to load a shared object called ":" that a "are you sure that you don't have a space between the target 'load' and the colon" message is issued. Two lines on C and would be good UX.



J.J. Green <jjg>


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