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bug #54870: Defining macro with name of built-in function

Submitted by:  John F. Trudeau <jftrudeau>
Submitted on:  Sun 21 Oct 2018 01:59:36 AM UTC  
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  Enhancement
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Open
Component Version:  4.2.1 Operating System:  POSIX-Based
Fixed Release:  None Triage Status:  None

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Sun 21 Oct 2018 01:16:14 PM UTC, comment #1: 

The special variable .FEATURES is intended to help solve this problem.  Unfortunately we don't always get every single feature added to this variable.

However in the case of $(or ...) that function was added in the same release (3.81) that the .FEATURES variable was introduced.  So, it should be sufficient to check if this variable is not empty:

ifneq (,$(.FEATURES))
  $(info have "or" function)

Paul D. Smith <psmith>
Project Administrator
Sun 21 Oct 2018 01:59:36 AM UTC, original submission:  

I experienced some confusion using the GNU Make Standard Library.

The heuristic to detect the existence of the "or" and "and" build-in functions is always false.  This causes "or" and "and" macros to be defined unconditionally.

The confusion arises because the "macro" definitions can be viewed, but they can never be executed with arguments.  They are silently ignored.  Referencing the "macro" without "call" arguments returns the "macro" definition without error.  "$(or THIS,THAT)" and "$(call or,THIS,THAT)" both reference the built-in function, which is probably sane.

Suggestion 1: Run-time switch to warn when a macro is defined with a build-in function name.


Suggestion 2: New Special Variable: .FUNCTIONS

  For Makefile package maintainers.

  ifeq (,$(filter and,$(.FUNCTIONS))
    and = $(if THIS,$(if THAT))

Suggestion 3: Don't allow macros to be defined with built-in function names.

Example Makefile Attached.

John F. Trudeau <jftrudeau>


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Attach Files:

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file #45250:  redefine-builtin.make added by jftrudeau (784B - application/octet-stream)
file #45251:  redefine-builtin.out added by jftrudeau (984B - application/octet-stream)


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2018-10-21 jftrudeau Attached File- => Added redefine-builtin.make, #45250
        Attached File- => Added redefine-builtin.out, #45251

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