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makefile question re .SUFFIXES

given a makefile like the one below I can get
make afile.s to produce echo .s

however, if i remove the # i get the error message make: don't know how to make afile.s. Stop

why would making .s be impossible when .lo is a known suffix, without a rule?

this is a real question. i have a downloaded makefile that fails in a similar manner.

Best Wishes, Bengt

#.SUFFIXES: .S .s .lo


	 echo .s

all: afile.s