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Re: GNU make troubleshooting

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: GNU make troubleshooting
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2023 15:29:35 -0400
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On Mon, 2023-07-10 at 21:18 +0200, Bruno Haible wrote:
> 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".

I think your problems with the output were addressed in GNU Make 4.4. 
Anyway I don't see that.

I honestly don't see any point in just printing the "newest"
prerequisite.  If the rule was invoked in the first place then you
already know that _some_ file was newer.  What's the added benefit of
knowing the name of only one, essentially random, prerequisite?

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