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Re: [PATCH 0/3] gnumach: Build system fixes

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] gnumach: Build system fixes
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:00:04 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.19 (2009-01-05)


On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 12:34:14AM +0100, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 07:19:29PM +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:

> > * .gitignore: New file.

> Generally, I don't like these ignore files too much.  But if you
> promise to maintain this file (whatever this means -- no maintenance
> would have been required in the last years, I guess), and take the rap
> should this ever cause any harm due to hiding any files' changes,
> etc., then it can go in.

Eh? .gitignore files are crucial to make proper use of git-status etc.
And updating them is the responsibility of the person making a change
that makes an update necessary -- as with any other necessary updates.

I consider any repository not having an up to date .ignore file to be
broken -- and I doubt there are many people who wouldn't agree.

> > The silent rules enabled by default will make it easier to see
> > warnings, even if currently you get easily drown by their quantity.
> > If there's an error they can be temporarily disabled using ???make
> > V=1??? or disabled for the whole build with ???configure
> > --disable-silent-rules???. Something I will be doing in the Debian
> > package so that we get useful build logs.
> Likewise, this functionality has probably already been the cause for
> many men's wasted days discussing its pros and cons in other projects.

I haven't seen any such discussion in Xorg. On the contrary: it is
something most people have been awaiting for a long long time! For some
people it even used to be a reason not to use Automake.

(Some projects -- including Xorg -- actually implemented support for an
extrenal "shave" script as a workaround, before this was implemented in


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