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Re: --silent should work for install too

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: --silent should work for install too
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 13:37:00 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 15 May 2009, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

echo " $(includeHEADERS_INSTALL) '$$d$$p' '$(DESTDIR)$(includedir)/$$f'"; \

They are still noisy with current git Automake, even with silent-rules
mode enabled.  However, we have improved installation to install several
files at once, so there will be fewer commands output (with albeit
longer lines though).

At this time, I don't think silent-rules should impact installation and
uninstallation output.  I have no good reason for this choice.  However,

There are extremely good reasons to always be verbose about installed files. It is only necessary to show what was done, and not necessarily how it was accomplished. The user should be aware of how his system was updated in case there is an error, files were written to the wrong places, and he needs to search for the backup tapes to recover overwritten parts of the operating system.

It could be argued that the user could have done 'make -n' in advance but often the output of 'make -n' is almost undeciperable and full of lists of script fragments which may be executed with unknown effect.

Bob Friesenhahn
address@hidden, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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