[Python-Dev] addressing distutils inability to track file dependencies
Guido van Rossum
Fri, 14 Jun 2002 15:09:24 -0400
> May I humbly propose that this task should be automated? Tools like
> makedepend have been invented and reinvented many times over
> precisely because it's too error-prone for humans to maintain that
> information manually. Switching from Make's syntax to Python's
> syntax won't make that task substantially easier.
Unfortunately it's also darn tooting hard to do a good job of
discovering dependencies, which is why there is still no standard tool
that does this. Makedepend tries, but is still hard to use.
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)