I use the backquote stuff in my makefiles, but my make process failed. [GTK 2.x]

The backquote construction seems to not be accepted by some old make utilities. If you use one of these, the make process will probably fail. In order to have the backquote syntax working again, you should use the GNU make utility (get it on the GNU ftp server at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/make/).