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Re: dependency system

From: Tom Tromey
Subject: Re: dependency system
Date: 11 May 2002 17:10:22 -0600

>>>>> "adl" == Alexandre Duret-Lutz <address@hidden> writes:

adl> Personally, I'd prefer that Automake generates Makefiles that
adl> shows *every* calls.  This would make debuging (at any level) and
adl> bug reporting easier.

There's always a tension here.  People argue vehemently in both

Recently I was in a discussion where someone pointed out that even
with `make -s' we print tons of junk.  In this case the user was
complaining about libtool, but the point is just as valid when you
look at install rules and the like.

adl> Maybe Automake could support a trick similar to PRE_INSTALL and
adl> POST_INSTALL to hide most of the output.  E.g. if the user set
adl> `VERBOSE=:' in the or on the command line, only the
adl> final calls to the compiler are printed.  (Or do the converse:
adl> verbose output on request.)

I'd be in favor of something like that.

adl> During development I usually compile with `-Werror', this way I
adl> can never miss a warning and they are easy to locate (always in
adl> the last lines).

I always use `make -k'.  That way I can go through all the errors in
one pass.


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