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RE: GNU Make Extensions

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: RE: GNU Make Extensions
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:04:19 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 11 Dec 2008, Duft Markus wrote:

There is a philosophical stance that the software we develop is
intended for the software users rather than the software developer.
There is a problem if build behavior is different for the user than
for the software developer.

Build behaviour wouldn't change, would it? would have the
same contents as before....

You might notice that stark lack of interest on the list with discussing this issue since it has been discussed to death several times before.

Note that normally when one types 'make' the build environment checks to see if it is up to date, and if is not up to date, then various 'auto' tools are executed to bring it up to date before any actual building starts. If the build depends on the list of files which happen to be available in a directory, then the current list of files needs to be checked and the makefiles regenerated (if necessary) before any actual building can ensue. For large projects this could take substantial time.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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