GNU Make meets file names with spaces in them

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spaces,
then the best thing to do is transform them by substituting space with some other
character and then change them back again.

For example, the s+ and +s functions here change escaped spaces to + signs and back
again.  You can then safely manipulate lists of file names using all the GNU Make
functions.  Just be sure to remove the +'s before using these names in a rule.

s+ = $(subst \\ ,+,$1)

+s = $(subst +,\\ ,$1)

Here's a fuller example where a list of source files that contain escaped spaces is
transformed into a list of object files and then the object files are used to define the
prerequisites of the all rule.

SRCS := a\\ b.c c\\ d.c e\\ f.c

SRCS := $(call s+,$(SRCS))

OBJS := $(SRCS:.c=.o)

all: $(call +s,$(OBJS))

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