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Re: link: "Recursive Make Considered Harmful"

From: Bob Bishop <rb@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 09:57:54 +0000


At 22:54 08/01/2005, George Georgalis wrote:
On Sat, Jan 08, 2005 at 02:31:22AM -0800, Matthew Dillon wrote:
>    I can't even get firefox to get past 30 seconds worth of the build
>    before it goes into a stupid configure script loop.

I've been mulling over the pdf file linked here
Recursive Make Considered Harmful, Peter Miller

// George

-- George Georgalis, systems architect, administrator Linux BSD IXOYE http://galis.org/george/ cell:646-331-2027 mailto:george@xxxxxxxxx

Apologies for late arrival in this discussion.

This whole problem area (fundamentally: "Make Doesn't Scale") was well-understood 20 years ago. See for instance: D. M. Tilbrook, P. R. H. Place: Tools for the Maintenance and Installation of a large Software Distribution. USENIX Summer 1986: 223-237. The approach presented therein is robust enough to be still in use today.

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