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Microsoft KB Archive/104648

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BUG: NMAKE /V Option Does Not Work in Versions 1.2 and Later

Article ID: 104648

Article Last Modified on 10/29/1999


  • Microsoft Program Maintenance Utility 1.2

This article was previously published under Q104648


The /V option for inheriting macro definitions in recursive calls to NMAKE in NMAKE version 1.2 does not work correctly. This option was removed from NMAKE versions 1.3 and later.


There are several different methods that can be used to inherit macros using NMAKE.

  • To inherit environment variables defined in a makefile, use the SET command to set the variable. For example, if you wanted to use a new library path and inherit that path in NEXTFILE.MAK, you could do the following:

            set LIB=$(NEWLIB)
            NMAKE /f nextfile.mak


  • To inherit a small number of macros, define a macro on the command line for the recursive call:

           NMAKE /f nextfile.mak "MYMACRO=something"


  • Define the macros in the TOOLS.INI initialization file.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem with NMAKE version 1.2. The option was removed from later versions of NMAKE.

Additional Reference Words: 1.20 buglist1.20

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