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

Skip Montanaro skip@pobox.com
Fri, 14 Jun 2002 14:58:35 -0500

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

Yes, I realize that.

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

I also realize that.  Gcc has had good dependency checking for probably ten
years.  Sun's C compiler for a similar length of time.  Larry Wall did a
pretty good job of dependency checking for patch in the mid-80's.  Scons
does it as well.