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Re: Could bash do what make does?

From: John McKown
Subject: Re: Could bash do what make does?
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:11:13 -0600

On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Eduardo Bustamante <address@hidden> wrote:
"build market"? What are you talking about? make was created with the
sole purpose of build automation. The shell was created to provide a
"human interface" to computer operators. These are very specific and
different purposes. Are you going to start asking next to re-implement
vi inside bash? to re-implement a mail user agent? a C compiler? Where
do you draw the line? Read:

​<giggle> OP must be confusing BASH with EMACS.​


I doubt anyone is willing to go through the effort to re-implement all
the features that make provides, just because one guy thinks "it's
obsolete" -- it's not, by the way. make is very alive. Also, it is
part of the POSIX international standard. so any operating system that
claims to be compatible with UNIX must provide it, see [1] and [2] and

Also remember that nothing makes a stronger argument than patches. If
you want to see this feature implemented, I suggest that you start
looking into the features make provides, and send patches to add said
functionality to bash.

[1] http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/make.html
[2] https://www.gnu.org/software/make/
[3] http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-make/

Heisenberg may have been here.

Maranatha! <><
John McKown

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