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Re: Two strange messages while building Emacs on MS-Windows

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Two strange messages while building Emacs on MS-Windows
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:35:33 +0200

> Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:17:04 +0100
> From: Dani Moncayo <address@hidden>
> Cc: Emacs development discussions <address@hidden>
> I was following Eli's advice for doing incremental builds
> (http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=12128#20), since
> bootstrapping takes a lot more time.

That advice wasn't meant to be used for producing distributions, only
for your own use.

> But, why the makefiles don't take care all necessary recompilations?

Because we don't have a good way of tracking dependencies between Lisp

> Being forced to do a full bootstrap is too bad.

Why is it too bad for a distribution you do once in a while?  Let it
run in a separate directory, and you can meanwhile do something else.

How much time does it take you to bootstrap, btw?  And on what

> Is not there a better solution for this?

No.  Which is why admin/make-tarball.txt, the file documenting the
procedure to produce a release tarball, says:

  2.  Bootstrap to make 100% sure all elc files are up-to-date, and to
      make sure that the later tagged version will bootstrap, should it be
      necessary to check it out.

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