Summary: More accurate description of intermediate files
                 Project: make
            Submitted by: dgoncharov
            Submitted on: Sat 10 Jul 2021 02:53:15 PM UTC
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Documentation
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
       Component Version: SCM
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The manual states

"The first difference is what happens if the intermediate file does not exist.
If an ordinary file b does not exist, and make considers a target that depends
on b, it invariably creates b and then updates the target from b. But if b is
an intermediate file, then make can leave well enough alone."

This description can be made more accurate. The manual should explicitly state
that make can leave well enough done, if b is an intermediate file and the
target exists.


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