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Re: GNU make troubleshooting

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: GNU make troubleshooting
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2023 21:18:29 +0200

Paul Smith wrote:
> It's not acceptable (to me) to only show the one newest file, not all
> files that are newer than the target, because often you want to know
> all the newer files.

You say "It's not acceptable (to me) to only show the one newest file",
and I say "A tool that shows me 3.7 KB worth of file names in one line
is useless to me, because that is information overload, and I don't
have good filtering skills".

It's a bit like one gdb user saying "I want to see the values of all
local variables on the stack, because I often need them" and another
person saying "If the output is 100 lines long or longer, you lost me".

How about introducing _options_ whose goal is not to produce maximal
information, but small-sized and still useful information?


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