Missing separator?

C.D.McDiarmid cliffy at cliffhangers.screaming.net
Fri Nov 3 15:49:52 PST 2000


On Fri, 03 Nov 2000, you wrote:
> 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
> > 
> > MAC
> > 
> 
> 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::.
> 
> Peter

Many thanks, yet to find the error.

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