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Re: depcomp for texinfo + automake in guile

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: depcomp for texinfo + automake in guile
Date: 14 Aug 2002 16:23:06 -0400

Tom Tromey <address@hidden> writes:

   It would be nice to let other tools that generate dependencies well
   integrate into automake seamlessly.

presumably "well" means "following depcomp protocol", i.e., the transformer
for foo.a to foo.b needs to by side effect create .deps/foo.Pb, in which case
automake can generate the "include .deps/foo.Pb" and code to seed them at
configure-time w/ "# dummy"?

given this, the integration point would lie in generalizing recognition of
those directives that trigger inclusion of depcomp machinery, and making that
machinery tabular.  a conforming tool would need to have installed appropriate
support .am from which to draw the machinery, prior to use, of course.

also, automake would not need to be so stringent about requiring all .b
prerequisites to be statically declared.

let me know if these guesses are close to the mark and if you'd be willing to
consider a patch to explore such changes.  (if not, no big deal.)


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