Missing separator?

peter.wood at worldonline.dk peter.wood at worldonline.dk
Thu Nov 2 23:27:41 PST 2000

On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 11:04:12PM +0000, C.D.McDiarmid wrote:
> Can someone tell me what this means when trying to invoke a 'makefile'?
> *** Missing separator   Stop

Hi Mac

Here ya go...

$info make => m <return> error messages <return>

`missing separator.  Stop.'
`missing separator (did you mean TAB instead of 8 spaces?).  Stop.'
     This means that `make' could not understand much of anything about
     the command line it just read.  GNU `make' looks for various kinds
     of separators (`:', `=', TAB characters, etc.) to help it decide
     what kind of commandline it's seeing.  This means it couldn't find
     a valid one.

     One of the most common reasons for this message is that you (or
     perhaps your oh-so-helpful editor, as is the case with many
     MS-Windows editors) have attempted to indent your command scripts
     with spaces instead of a TAB character.  In this case, `make' will
     use the second form of the error above.  Remember that every line
     in the command script must begin with a TAB character.  Eight
     spaces do not count.  *Note Rule Syntax::.


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