On Sat, 2022-05-21 at 14:34 -0400, Dmitry Goncharov wrote:
> On Sat, May 21, 2022 at 12:25 PM Paul Smith <psm...@gnu.org> wrote:
> > Maybe what you're saying is that make should throw an error or
> > warning if you try to add an order-only prerequisite to a phony
> > target, telling you that it will have no effect on your makefile?
> Having a phony target depend (usually indirectly, but there are
> examples of immediate dependency) on an order-only prerequisite is
> quite common. This happens when the top target is marked phony and
> there is an order-only prerequisite down the graph.

Agreed we would never mention an indirect dependency.  That is not an
invalid use of order-only prerequisites anyway; the order-only
prerequisite will be relevant only for its immediate target not
"parents" of that target and if the immediate target is not phony then
the o-o prerequisite is entirely valid there.

I can't think of a reason to add an order-only prerequisite directly to
a phony target on purpose, but I suppose it could happen as the result
of some variable expansion or something which is annoying to avoid.

But I do not plan to add any sort of warning like this at the moment.

Reply via email to