Populating empty target file to be tracked in Git

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Populating empty target file to be tracked in Git

Matt Darfeuille
Hi,

 From (1):

"but the file’s contents do not matter, and usually are empty."


I need to populate that "empty target" file with  a release version
given to the Makefile as variable to be used by Git.
What is the best way to populate an "empty target" file?


If my understanding is correct, the '--touch' option will be of no use
as it will "touch" the "empty target" file and it will never be populated.
How can I make the '--touch' option to the Make utility populate a
"empty target" file?


$ make -v
GNU Make 4.1
Built for x86_64-pc-linux-gnu

Any help is appriciated.


1)  https://www.gnu.org/software/make/manual/html_node/Empty-Targets.html

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Matt Darfeuille
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