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Tuesday November 30, 2004
08:51 PM

make(1): the perfect program

[ #22085 ]

$ make mistakes
make: don't know how to make mistakes. Stop

(Mileage may vary according to which make you have.)

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  • % make mistakes
    make: *** No rule to make target `mistakes'.  Stop.
    • Nope. This is a BSDism. It's probably inherited from the AT&T days (which omitted the make: and Stop), but I'm not certain about that.

      This is an old joke, but make mistakes is certainly a new take on it. Here are some older ones:

      $ make love
      make: don't know how to make love. Stop

      $ make war
      make: don't know how to make war. Stop

      $ make fire
      make: don't know how to make fire. Stop

      $ make "it better"
      make: don't know how to make it better. Stop

      $ make "it worse"
      make: don't know how to make it worse. Sto

      • Very odd.
        % cat /etc/debian_version
        % make --version
        GNU Make 3.80
        Copyright (C) 2002  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
        This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
        There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

        Those dastardly GNU people have been stealing BSD code! Call in the license Nazis! :-)