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Re: Report to stdout like Linux kernel compilation does

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Report to stdout like Linux kernel compilation does
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 12:58:12 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 11 Apr 2008, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

When Alexandre last commented on a request like this, one comment that
wasn't already mentioned in this thread was this issue: a patch for
nicer output should not cause hugely increased files. size is an issue for some larger projects.

Since libtool is going to be even faster than it is now, it seems that this should free up some CPU time for Automake to implement reporting to stdout like the Linux kernel compilation does. I see little need to give back this CPU time to the community since CPUs spend most of their time executing the kernel idle task and autotool developers are more qualified than mere users to decide how to make use of the CPU time which has already been acquired. We can simply wire-transfer it from the libtool CPU time account into Automake's CPU time account. If the next Automake and libtool are released at the same time, no one will notice that the transfer took place.

Once libtool is faster, people will start to complain that the large size of the Automake makefile causes 'make' to take a long time to start doing anything. A shim layer called 'nmake' can be used to capture the output of 'make -n' and execute these commands more efficiently via the bash shell.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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