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Re: [PATCH] build: do not require help2man at build-from-tarball time

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [PATCH] build: do not require help2man at build-from-tarball time
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:36:41 +0200

Bernhard Voelker wrote:

> On September 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM Jim Meyering <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I want each *existing* .1 file to depend solely on its corresponding .c file.
>> However, when a .1 file does not exist, *then* I want it to depend on
>> its corresponding executable.
>> I.e., I do *not* want to rebuild an existing .1 file
>> solely because we have a newer binary, when the .1 file
>> is newer than its dependents (.c and .version).
>> I started work on a prefix to the .x.1 rule in man/,
>> but it relies on test's -nt operator.  With a shell lacking
>> that feature, or when things are out of date, the regular commands
>> would run.  Otherwise, it would simply touch the .1 file and exit
>> successfully.
>> AFAIK, there is no way in GNU make to specify dependencies that vary
>> depending on the existence of a target.  Does anyone know otherwise?
>> I.e., a rule that would apply when foo.1 does not exist, vs. another
>> one (with different dependents) that would apply when it does exist.
> Not sure, but maybe something for .SECONDARYEXPANSION ?
> <>

Thanks!  That looks promising, i.e,. to make the second expansion
depend on the existence of address@hidden  If it works as I'm imagining, it
would be cleaner than having to create an if-else block per target.

Filing that away for the day we can rely on GNU make.

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