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0001696 [Issue 8 drafts] Shell and Utilities Editorial Clarification Requested 2023-05-07 12:16 2023-05-07 12:16
Reporter rillig View Status public  
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Priority normal Resolution Open  
Status New   Product Version Draft 3
Name Roland Illig
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Section make
Page Number 3107
Line Number 104629
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Summary 0001696: Effect of -s when no work needs to be done
Description Line 104629 says:
> If make is invoked without any work needing to be done, it shall write a message to standard output indicating that no action was taken.

The sentence above the cited sentence explicitly specifies what happens when the -s option is given, but the cited sentence doesn't.

Does the standard intentionally omit to specify the effect of the -s option?

When no work needs to be done and make is run with the -s option, GNU make is silent while BSD make writes the message.
Desired Action If intended, specify that the behavior of -s with no work to be done is unspecified.

If the currently specified behavior is intended, mention that -s has no effect in this case, to clearly distinguish it from the preceding sentence in the same paragraph.
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Date Modified Username Field Change
2023-05-07 12:16 rillig New Issue
2023-05-07 12:16 rillig Name => Roland Illig
2023-05-07 12:16 rillig Section => make
2023-05-07 12:16 rillig Page Number => 3107
2023-05-07 12:16 rillig Line Number => 104629

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