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Re: silent-rules

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: silent-rules
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:44:12 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Thu, 15 Oct 2009, Ralf Corsepius wrote:

"Look Ma, I can ride my bike with the hands off the handlebar" ... some hours later, the same kid will tell: "Look Ma, I can ride my bike without teeth".

In other words, I am expecting the same users who find "AM_SILENT" "cool", to be loosing their teeth some time later in some violent accidents.

My own package supports silent builds but it is not enabled by default because I believe that silent builds are intended for the package developer (who repeatedly builds the software hundreds or thousands of times in the same directory on the same system with the same options) and not for other people who build the package just once in a different environment. I enable silent mode for my own builds because failures in my builds are almost always due to something I got wrong in the code, and not related to build options or the system. This is why I consider silent mode to be "selfish".

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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