Good ideas :-), no time :-(

François Pinard pinard at
Wed May 24 17:52:32 CEST 2000

"Neil Hodgson" <neilh at> writes:

> > So, I came with this "simple" idea, that we should have tools for
> > converting Makefiles and shell scripts into specialised Python scripts.
> > (And why not `sed' and `awk' as well, once on that road, the same as
> > Perl once did.)

> There are some interesting proposals for make replacements written in
> Python [...]

I know! :-)

The goal behind the idea is automatically converting a Makefile, _hoping_
to get a more readable result.  Automatic conversion always has its own
idiosyncrasies, it is not easy to get clean results.

Rethinking and rewriting Makefiles into `make' replacements might be a
much more difficult task, and might not always be automated, I presume.

François Pinard

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