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Re: automake less verbose (iter 3.1)

From: William Pursell
Subject: Re: automake less verbose (iter 3.1)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:19:38 +0000
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Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Monday 2008-12-15 08:32, William Pursell wrote:
>> Jan Engelhardt wrote:
>>> third round here of the automake-tranquility patch from me.
>>> Updates from previous attempts:
>> I've been looking through the archive and haven't
>> noticed any followup on this.  I don't know if it
>> counts for anything but I would certainly like to
>> see this incorporated.
>> Jan, which commit was your patch made against?
> Possibly the 1.10.1 tarball plus ... ah forget it. Here's a redump,
> this time with parent specifier (not that git would use it, but
> it's helpful for exactly such cases where you just don't remember
> what your base is ;)

Thanks for this Jan, it is really nice functionality.  I don't
know if this is a portability issue, but I think it would be nice
to change $< to $? in this section:

> +             'am__1verbose_CCLD_1   = @echo "  CCLD    " $@ "<-" $<;',
> +             'am__1verbose_CXX_1    = @echo "  CXX     " $@ "<-" $<;',
> +             'am__1verbose_CXXLD_1  = @echo "  CXXLD   " $@ "<-" $<;',

In the case with lots of dependencies, that might lead to excess
verbage, but that's what V=0 is for, right?  Or maybe use $? in a
V=2 case.  Also, for those who like customizability, it might
be nice to allow the maintainer to specify a character sequence
to use other than "<-" to separate the target from the prereqs.
(For example, the radically different "<--").  I sound like I'm
complaining already.  I don't mean to, since I think this is
really nice.

I noticed that your patch modifies m4/   Is that
correct behavior?  I'm still unclear on the merits of putting in the repository at all, but I would think that
its content in the repository should be automatically
generated rather than patched.

William Pursell

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