[PATCH] kbuild: single-quote the format string of printf

Masahiro Yamada masahiroy at kernel.org
Wed Aug 30 21:33:56 AEST 2023

On Wed, Aug 30, 2023 at 10:00 AM Nicolas Schier <nicolas at fjasle.eu> wrote:
> On Tue 29 Aug 2023 20:35:31 GMT, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
> > Use single-quotes to avoid escape sequences (\\n).
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <masahiroy at kernel.org>
> > ---
> Is this really necessary?  Testing w/ GNU Make 4.3, bash 5.2.15 or
> dash 0.5.12-6 and a stupid Makefile snippet I cannot see any difference
> between these three:
> print:
>         @printf "hello med single-backslash and double quotes\n"
>         @printf 'hello med single-backslash and single quotes\n'
>         @printf "hello med double-backslash and double quotes\\n"
> Only double-backslash+n in single-quotes does not work, for obvious
> reasons.

You are right.

I was misunderstanding the backslash-escaping in double-quotes.

I always used single-quotes when I wanted to avoid
escape sequences.

The following POSIX spec applies here:

  2.2.3 Double-Quotes

  The <backslash> shall retain its special meaning as an escape character
  (see Escape Character (Backslash)) only when followed by one of the
  following characters when considered special:

  $   `   "   \   <newline>


All of "\\n", "\n", '\n' are the same.

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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