So tonight I was working on my compilers project. Josh had made a Makefile for the project but it wasn't working.
Eventually we traced the error back to a \~/ in the file. Make doesn't like that relative path, once it was changed to the absolute path everything was peachy.
I then remember back to this past summer and mentioned I had met Stu Feldman while out in IBM in the Extreme Blue program.
Stu created make back in 1979. He recounted to us that he never meant for people to have to use \t in make files.
(21:49:14) spi: yeah... did i ever tell you. i met the guy who created make this past summer
(21:49:16) spi: he works for IBM
(21:49:18) Josh Dillon: viz. really annying parsing
(21:49:24) Josh Dillon: lol!!
(21:49:29) Josh Dillon: dude...thats AWESOME
(21:49:33) spi: he never meant for people to have to use \t but once he put it in
(21:49:43) spi: when he took it out people yelled like crazy
(21:49:43) Josh Dillon: LOL!!!!!!!
(21:49:47) spi: so its been that way ever since
(21:49:57) Josh Dillon: you seriously need to put that in a blog or something
Consider it done.