I found the following conversation in the Rust (a programming language) subreddit (kind like a forum) at https://www.reddit.com/r/rust/comments/oymdoj/upcoming_volt_a_rustbased_package_manager_thats/

A: I released a new tool called volt.

B: A little bit of an unfortunate naming here
volta: a js toolchain manager in rust
volt: a (unmaintained?) vim package manager

A: Rust is also a video game. We make do.

What does we make do mean here? Thanks.

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It is an idiom that can be found in dictionaries https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/make-do

Generally it means "manage to survive without something we want"

So A: is saying that they would like a unique name for their projects. But they don't have a unique name. But the project can survive.

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    Thank you! I can only accept the answer in 8 minutes. Btw, is this usage common? Have you ever used it in a conversation? Aug 6, 2021 at 8:34
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    Yes, it is common.
    – James K
    Aug 6, 2021 at 8:36

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