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Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU m

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: [gnu-prog-discuss] Could automake-generated Makefiles required GNU make?
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:59:12 +0000

On 22 November 2011 15:50, Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> wrote:
> It would be useful to enumerate the user-visible benefits if Automake can
> depend on using GNU make.  Otherwise it is difficult to do a cost/benefit
> analysis from the user perspective.  Can you and others please brainstorm a
> list of benefits (e.g. eliminate external 'compile' and 'depcomp' scripts
> with the benefit of better ...)?

Having to avoid GNU make features is a real pain for developers: I
miss various string-handling functions and modern suffix rules. Having
to compile into a portable Makefile makes debugging
problems harder (with two extra places to look: and
Makefile). It also complicates automake, as it ends up reimplementing
features of GNU Make.


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