This is, perhaps, a bit of a bizarre one but I don't even know where to start looking so if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'll be very grateful.
I've just done a fresh install of my distribution, which included moving to the next release (yup, it's Ubuntu) and so am rebuilding/installing a load of stuff that I usually have in addition to whatever the distribution provides (latest versions and so forth). Anyway, I was merrily doing so with one (a slightly customised version of emacs) when I found
make complaining a lot. Looking at the makefile(s), I found that the configure script hadn't put any "continuation line" characters in.
The configure script is rather long (this is emacs, after all) and just searching for
\ is rather pointless! So does anyone have any idea why this might be happening?
(As I said, it's a fresh install so maybe it's just some package that I forgot to install. But it's a bit bizarre.)