[Python-Dev] addressing distutils inability to track file dependencies

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 14 Jun 2002 15:54:55 -0400

>     Guido> Sorry Skip, but many others pointed out early on in this
>     Guido> discussion that dependency discovery is the important issue.
> Which distutils doesn't do, but for which make and/or compilers have
> done for years.

That same imprecise language again that got you in trouble before! :-)

Make doesn't do dependency discovery (beyond the trivial .c -> .o).
There may be a few compilers that do this but I don't think it's the

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