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Re: new build system (was: Re: CVS update: MODIFIED: ac-helpers ...)

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2001-05-24 21:46:58 CEST

RADICS Peter <mitch@lbcons.net> writes:
> Could you explain some rationale behind this rewamping of the make
> process? It's not that I'm against or something, I'm just curious.
> In fact, I also had my days (bad days, that is) with automake,
> but I thought the next release of automake would solve most of the
> problems with the current system (according to The Book on automake
> and friends), but now I'm interested why this project chose to go
> in another direction.
> (I'm trying to learn from other ppls mistakes/experiences here :)

(Greg may want to post a more detailed answer).

We've had a lot of inter-library circular dependency problems with the
recursive Makefile system, that required us to spend unexpected
amounts of time coordinating build order between directories.

See Peter Miller's paper "Recursive Make Considered Harmful":

   http://www.pcug.org.au/~millerp/rmch/recu-make-cons-harm.html

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