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missing dependencies [Re: inline.m4: use compiler, not cpp

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: missing dependencies [Re: inline.m4: use compiler, not cpp
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 17:00:05 +0100

Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello Jim,
> * Jim Meyering wrote on Fri, Nov 10, 2006 at 03:53:42PM CET:
>> I did not run "make clean", but did ensure that config.h was updated.
>> That alone should have caused all "old" .o files to be rebuilt, but there
>> is a bug (haven't investigated at all yet) whereby most of the generated
>> dependencies (lib/.deps/*.Po files) are not included into the Makefile.
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-automake/2006-11/msg00013.html

Hi Ralf,

Humph!  :-)
It sounds like the recent trend to remove uses of AC_LIBSOURCE
(in favor of listing source file names in each module-file Files: section)
is the reason for at least some of my missing dependencies.

If so, that is a very undesirable (and unintended, I'm sure) side effect.
I can't be the only one bothered by this...

CPU cycles aren't *that* cheap.  Having to remember to "make clean"
all the time is so archaic/dangerous/wasteful -- reminiscent of the
old days, back before we had reliable automatic dependency generation.

I hope someone finds the time to bell this cat soon!

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