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Re: How to use shell builtin command in Makefile?

From: Peng Yu
Subject: Re: How to use shell builtin command in Makefile?
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:00:21 -0500

On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM, Paul Smith <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 08:24 -0500, Peng Yu wrote:
>> The reason that I want to use 'compgen' rather than 'find' is that I
>> think it is faster than 'find', since it's a bash builtin command. I'm
>> not sure whether this is a good enough reason to use it. Do you have
>> any idea?
> It probably is marginally faster.  I doubt, for this situation, whether
> it will make a noticeable difference (especially if you change the =
> to := as I suggested... that will make MUCH more difference to
> performance).  Of course there's only one way to know: measure it.  In
> general it's quite useless to try to solve performance problems before
> you know what's causing them.  Premature optimization is a sure way to
> waste a lot of development time and effort.
> However, if this IS a big performance difference then only you can
> decide whether being portable is more or less important than the
> performance increase.  We don't know your environment.
> Note that not even all Linux distributions use bash as /bin/sh, much
> less other versions of UNIX/POSIX systems, so the portability problems
> are quite real.
> BTW, if I'm reading your code right I think you could get even better
> efficiency in a more portable way by using make builtin functions rather
> than $(shell ...); maybe something like:
>        SUBDIRS := $(filter-out backup bash,$(patsubst %/.,%,$(wildcard */.)))

This would give something other than directories. Is there a way in
make to get only directory names?


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