Make addity?

David Fox
Sat Sep 26 18:38:00 GMT 1998

Lewis Beard <> writes:

> All,
> As requested, I looked through back issues of the newsletter before
> posting. I DID find mention of my problem, but no solution was given and
> the answer didn't satisfy me.
> I have a problem in that, when I modify my make files, I get:
> 	makefile:48: *** missing separator.  Stop.
> To me this is a serious problem; it occurs when I add new lines or
> delete lines entirely. It happens whether or not I have a unix or dos
> line type. The only way I can get around it is to keep my makefile on a
> unix box on the internet and make changes there and ftp it across,
> because once I change the length of the file or add lines or whatnot, I
> get this seperator problem. What gives? Why this is happening? Is there
> a way around it without a new or patched make?

I suspect that this is about make not understanding the ^M at the end
of every line in a windows file.  The easiest way around this is to
put an FTP server on your windows box and then do all your editing on
your Unix box, using the ange-ftp feature of emacs to access the files.

Other than that, maybe there is some tool to strip the ^Ms off.  I've
used sed for this in the past, though I usually just use Emacs.  Or
perhaps I'm completely wrong about the source of the problem.
David Fox		xoF divaD
UCSD HCI Lab          baL ICH DSCU
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