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Re: Finding Circular Dependencies

From: David A. Greene
Subject: Re: Finding Circular Dependencies
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:53:53 -0600
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On Sunday 10 February 2008 18:35, you wrote:
> Hi David!
> This is an interesting question. I experimented a bit and tried to solve
> a more general problem, too: visualising makefile dependencies. I found
> a Perl module named Makefile::GraphViz and used it to build a bash
> script + a little perl helper script and added it to an open source
> project's SVN reopsitory. You might want to take a look at
> The wiki page is in
> German, but the scripts are in English and so is the main script's help
> page. On the bottom of wiki page you find a few sample images.
> I hope this helps, because the graphical representations of GNU Make's
> dependency graphs help to relatively easily detect circular references,
> too.

Unfortunately, I can't get the graphviz stuff to work and the .flt file only
contains dependencies AFTER make has already removed circular dependencies.

But thanks for this tool.  I too hope this kind of thing can be directly 
integrated into make.  It would help a lot.


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