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 6.8 Defining Variables Verbatim
 Another way to set the value of a variable is to use the `define'
 directive.  This directive has an unusual syntax which allows newline
 characters to be included in the value, which is convenient for defining
 both canned sequences of commands ( Defining Canned Command
 Sequences Sequences.), and also sections of makefile syntax to use
 with `eval' ( Eval Function).
    The `define' directive is followed on the same line by the name of
 the variable and nothing more.  The value to give the variable appears
 on the following lines.  The end of the value is marked by a line
 containing just the word `endef'.  Aside from this difference in
 syntax, `define' works just like `=': it creates a recursively-expanded
 variable ( The Two Flavors of Variables Flavors.).  The variable
 name may contain function and variable references, which are expanded
 when the directive is read to find the actual variable name to use.
    You may nest `define' directives: `make' will keep track of nested
 directives and report an error if they are not all properly closed with
 `endef'.  Note that lines beginning with tab characters are considered
 part of a command script, so any `define' or `endef' strings appearing
 on such a line will not be considered `make' operators.
      define two-lines
      echo foo
      echo $(bar)
    The value in an ordinary assignment cannot contain a newline; but the
 newlines that separate the lines of the value in a `define' become part
 of the variable's value (except for the final newline which precedes
 the `endef' and is not considered part of the value).
    When used in a command script, the previous example is functionally
 equivalent to this:
      two-lines = echo foo; echo $(bar)
 since two commands separated by semicolon behave much like two separate
 shell commands.  However, note that using two separate lines means
 `make' will invoke the shell twice, running an independent subshell for
 each line.   Command Execution Execution.
    If you want variable definitions made with `define' to take
 precedence over command-line variable definitions, you can use the
 `override' directive together with `define':
      override define two-lines
  The `override' Directive Override Directive.
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