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Unusual Compiler Error (using Dev-C++ Mingw)

  1. Jan 13, 2009 #1
    I find myself with an unexpected error that I can't seem to resolve. When trying to compile and run even a simple program, I receive the following error (the directory path for the project file is C:\unisa\Assignments, the project is Assignment1 and source file is Question1):

    mingw32-make.exe (in the "Line" columnn of compiler tab in DevC++ window) C:\unisa\Assignment1\mingw32-make.exe (in "File" column) Circular Question1 <- Question1.o dependency dropped (in "Message column)

    next line:

    C:\unisa\Assignment1\Makefile.win ('File" column) [Build Error] exe: *** [Question1] Error 1 ("Message" column)

    I have double checked that my compiler settings are correct and have even uninstalled and re-installed both the IDE as well as the compiler, but to no avail.

    Any ideas?
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  3. Jan 13, 2009 #2


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    It looks like there is an error in the Makefile = the equivalent of a project file
    Is there an option to rebuild the makefile?
  4. Jan 13, 2009 #3
    I'm not sure, but I have deleted the makefile to see if a new attempt at getting it to run works, but no luck. However, I'm on a different machine at the moment and thought I'd try the exact same code on a computer where the combination of Dev-C++ and Mingw has NEVER given me any problems and now I have the same issue (having said that, I've never tried creating projects on this machine, purely single source files).

    If I simply use the option to open a new source file (independent of a project) everything works. As soon as I try to create a project, including the code in an underlying source file, then no go...

    Perhaps I should just find myself another IDE/compiler combo?
  5. Jan 14, 2009 #4
    Problem solved!

    When creating the project, I made the mistake of not saving the source file with a .cpp extension, so make was looking for an extension and finding none, ended up in a loop.
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