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GNU Make 4.2 released

May 22, 2016, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
A complete list of bugs fixed in this version is available here:

http://sv.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?group=make&report_id=111&fix_release_id=106&set=custom

* New variable: $(.SHELLSTATUS) is set to the exit status of the last != or
  $(shell ...) function invoked in this instance of make.  This will be "0" if
  successful or not "0" if not successful.  The variable value is unset if no
  != or $(shell ...) function has been invoked.

* The $(file ...) function can now read from a file with $(file <FILE).
  The function is expanded to the contents of the file.  The contents are
  expanded verbatim except that the final newline, if any, is stripped.

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