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Re: allowing users to add source files without rerunning the autotools?

From: Bill Sacks
Subject: Re: allowing users to add source files without rerunning the autotools?
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:57:57 -0700

Hi Jeff & Miles,

Thank you both for your helpful replies. 

The dependency issue that Jeff raised is not a problem for us, since we have a 
script to determine Fortran 90 dependencies.

I'm not sure that it will work to have a separate library of the user-added 
code, since we don't know ahead of time what dependencies there will be between 
existing code and the user-added code.

Your other suggestions are helpful. We'll give this some more thought.

Thanks again,

On Jan 13, 2012, at 1:32 AM, Miles Bader wrote:

> "Daily, Jeff A" <address@hidden> writes:
>> Yes, all sources must be listed, AFAIK.  You could write your own build
>> rules and targets for these files, which would be copied by automake into
>> your eventual Makefile, but that somewhat defeats the purpose of using a
>> build tool if you're writing many of the rules yourself.
> Er, what?  I think automake actually does a pretty good job of making
> custom rules painless and useful...
> Even if you use some custom rules for a few files in a,
> automake can still do about 99% of the heavy-lifting for a project.
> Typically my approach is to put all the "funny" stuff in its own
> library, and have the "normal" automake targets (99% of them) depend on
> that, with a few custom rules to dispatch the building of "libfunny.a"
> to its own Makefile or something (which can be generated separately by
> configure if necessary).
> -Miles
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