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Re: GOP-PROP 5: build system output (final)

From: Keith OHara
Subject: Re: GOP-PROP 5: build system output (final)
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 19:22:49 +0000 (UTC)
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Graham Percival <graham <at>> writes:
> ** Proposal details
> When you run make or make doc,
>     * All output will be saved to various log files, with the
>       exception of output directly from make(1).
>     * By default, no other output will be displayed on the
>       console, with one exception: if a build fails, 
>       The user may optionally request additional output to be
> printed; this is controlled with the VERBOSE=x flag.

Building the program (as opposed to documentation) is now *very* nice, with

 make -s bin

where -s is short for --silent to tell make not to print the commands she runs. 
We see errors or warnings from the changed files and nothing else.  The entire 
source tree generates only seven warnings, all but one of which point to code 
could write more clearly.

Under this proposal, we should choose an easy-to-type VERBOSE=x option that 
allows use to see the stderr stream from gcc and yacc and lex.

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