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Re: extending automake

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: extending automake
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 06:54:08 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

* Bob Rossi wrote on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 03:41:20AM CEST:
> On Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 01:22:29PM -0400, Bob Rossi wrote:
> > They generate files during build time, and modify BUILT_SOURCES...
> > 
> > In fact, think of the bison or flex extension (adding .y or .l files to 
> > the _SOURCES variable). That is just another use of this general 
> > functionality that I'm talking about. In some sense, it would be like me
> > adding foo.xml to the _SOURCES, but telling automake how to turn that
> > into a .c file. I want to run, whereas automake runs bison or
> > flex.
> > 
> > I'm sure that if this was implemented, a LOT of projects would use it.
> > So, is there something I can do to help implement it, with my little
> > experience writing make file rules?
> Ping, whatever happened to this idea? You guys think it's stupid?

I don't see a way to formulate it sufficiently general so that it would
be useful for more than just a couple of projects.

bison and flex need special-cased handling in automake, how do you
propose would not?


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