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Re: Creating plain Makefiles with automake

From: Roger Leigh
Subject: Re: Creating plain Makefiles with automake
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:23:28 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 08:36:06AM +0100, Diego Elio Pettenò wrote:
> On 24/04/2013 00:10, Gavin Smith wrote:
> > 
> > My question is, is there any interest in this kind of approach? I feel
> > that it would be a step towards making the GNU build system easier to
> > use and understand.
> As a distribution developer this seems to me just yet another hack that
> is going to cause us great pain in the future if it is found in the wild..

I'm not sure I see why.  It has the virtue of removing a step of
indirection in the intermediary, and so serves to
simplify things.  Including the substituted variable definitions
via a separate file would also serve to make things more robust:
there's only a single source for them, rather than duplicate
definitions across every  And it's now possible to
have rules depend upon the, Makefile and/or the
configuration data which can then be used to trigger Makefile
regeneration and rebuilds in a more informed manner, avoiding
some of the rebuilds that now occur since you've decoupled the
make logic and configuration logic.


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