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Re: Non-recursive make & maintenance issue

From: Jirka Hanika
Subject: Re: Non-recursive make & maintenance issue
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 17:49:46 +0100
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> In other words, dealing with junk like
> apps_build_postgres_src_build_postgres_SOURCES
> is very tiring and failure prone.  Is there a reason why it can't
> simply be
> apps/build-postgres/src/build-postgres_SOURCES ?

Speaking as a random user, this would only be a win (to me) if the translation
could also be significantly messified to keep your target above distinct from,


or if this kind of conflict would be at the very least well diagnosed
and warned about.

But people have to interface automake-generated code with user stuff, and
this is usually done through variables.  I expect a big problem here.

My view is that these (and other) problems disappear if you use a
per-directory; but I also see the benefits (esp. compilation
speed) of a non-recursive Makefile.  So the solution could be to support
generating a single Makefile from multiple's in
subdirectories.  (Just kidding.  But interested in seeing the reasons
why this is nearly impossible.)


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