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Re: this is embarrasing... prerequisiste gets updated, but make still sa

From: Michael Ludwig
Subject: Re: this is embarrasing... prerequisiste gets updated, but make still says it is older than target
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:07:21 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-12-10)

address@hidden schrieb am 02.04.2012 um 09:36 (-0500):
> What if there were a directive one could issue to make to say "Re-read
> all timestamps", that could be included as a make command?

Wouldn't that be equivalent to starting make anew?

> One way would be to use the Make to Make communications, so you could
> write a rule like this:
> screwy_rule:
>   do_weird_stuff
>   $(MAKE) --command reread_timestamps
> Then the invoked version of Make could communicate to the main make to
> tell it to re-read (or just invalidate in cache) all time stamps.

And start all over again?

> Were you to do that, you'd also have a hook for other ways to control
> Make as well. For example, I have CORBA code that needs to parse the
> IDL to determine dependency data, and there's no good way right now
> for me to say to make "OK, now this rule has created a bunch of
> dependency and rule files for you, go re-read them."

Couldn't you code the requirement in such a way that some file like
IDLCHANGED.txt or MyMainIDLFile.idl is updated whenever the whole bunch
has to be reread? Then you would make the re-reading depend on that
signal file and update things for upstream targets to be triggered.


> Being able to do something like:
> include $(wildcard idl_generated/*mak)
> process_idl: foo.idl bar.idl narf.idl
>    generate_files_from_idl
>    $(MAKE) --command rescan_makes
> would really clean up the process.

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