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Re: silent build rules

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: silent build rules
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:55:39 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 3 Apr 2009, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:


1) The developer can choose to enable the silent-rules option in (as argument to AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE) or (adding
the option to the AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS variable).  Without this option,
there will never be less verbose output.

2) The developer or the maintainer can achieve the same effect as in (1)
by adding the command line argument --silent-rules when running

3) If (1) or (2) were done, then the user can enable less verbose output
with ./configure --enable-silent-rules (the default is verbose).

4) If (3) as well as either (1) or (2) were done, then, at 'make' run
time, less verbose output can be disabled with
 make V=1

Is that a compromise everybody can live with?

This is an approach that I am happy with. I would not want to deny anyone access to silent rules if they want it (and I will am likely use it for my own developer builds), but feel that traditional verbose should continue to be the default. Without traditional verbose being the default then GNU packages suddenly start to build differently, and the user is much less likely to be able to diagnose a problem by themselves without consuming time from the package maintainer.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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