Python Makefiles... are they possible?

Dave Angel d at
Wed Feb 13 14:33:35 CET 2013

On 02/13/2013 12:54 AM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:06:35 -0500, Roy Smith wrote:
>> One thing we do in our Makefiles is "find . -name '*.pyc' | xargs rm".
>> It avoids all sorts of nasty and hard to track down bugs (consider what
>> happens if you move a .py file from one place in your source tree to
>> another and leave the old .pyc behind).
> How often do you move files around in the source tree? Meanwhile, *every*
> time you run make, you take a performance hit on every Python module in
> your project, whether it has moved or not.
> Seems to me like a fairly heavy-handed response for something quite rare,
> but I suppose that depends on how often you run make.

That's why I assumed that his command was triggered by the "make clean" 


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