Good ideas :-), no time :-(
pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed May 24 22:00:54 EDT 2000
Courageous <jkraska1 at san.rr.com> writes:
> As for make, I suspect you're using the wrong make program.
> Gnumake scripts are, if written correctly, very succint.
All is relative, you know. The complexity is inherent to some setup,
and `make' is no magician to reduce that complexity, which it then ought
to represent. This is inescapable.
One might argue on the "if written correctly", of course. I got a few
ideas, along all those years, about what is a good Makefile.
I believe that some undoubtedly good Makefiles might nevertheless be hairy,
and I would be tempted to guess that the complexity they convey could be
advantageously reformulated in Python. I agree with you that it might
not be worth attempting for simple contexts and simple Makefiles.
> With dependency evaluation and the like, make very much does what it's
> designed to do, IMO.
This is a tautology. Most Unix tools make what they are designed to do.
François Pinard http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard
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