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From Peter Vogel <pvo...@arsin.com>
Subject RE: if and unless attributes for all Tasks
Date Fri, 18 May 2001 03:55:33 GMT
I do! And more!

-Peter

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Vernum [mailto:Tim.Vernum@macquarie.com.au]
> Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 8:53 PM
> To: 'ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org'
> Subject: RE: if and unless attributes for all Tasks
> 
> 
> From: Daniel Barclay [mailto:Daniel.Barclay@digitalfocus.com]
> 
> > Tim Vernum wrote:
> > > 
> > ...
> > > I have *never* seen a publically distributed project that had a
> > > decent makefile.
> > 
> > What kind of problems, or what lack of good things, are you thinking
> > of?
> 
> 1] It's usually very hard to follow the flow of the makefile.
> 2] The same options set in multiple places
>    eg: I'm currently hacking at some code in perl, trying to 
> make a weird module work.
>    Everytime I want to change the library path, I have to do 
> it in 3 places.
>    Why?
> 3] Adding a new file means adding it in a thousand places
> 4] Wrapping it up in so much auto-conf, that you can't change 
> it simply when you need to.
> 5] Deciding that the default tools suck so much, they write a 
> whole lot of unexplained
>    shell scripts to do the compiling
> 6] Recursive make
> 7] Options spread all over the place
>    eg:
>     ## Use gcc as the compiler
>     CC=gcc
>     ## Uncomment this is you want regular cc
>     # CC=cc
>   
>     ## These are gcc flags, change them if you use cc,
>     ##  but make sure you always define FOOBAR
>     CFLAGS=-O2 -fpic -DFOOBAR
> 
>    I would like to see something like:
> 
>    ## Set this to gcc or cc, to your wishes, and everything 
> should work out:
>    CC=gcc
> 
>    ifeq($CC,gcc)
>       CFLAGS1=-O2 -fpic 
>    else
>     ifeq($CC,cc)
>        CFLAGS1=-O
>     else
>        error ...
>     endif
>    endif
> 
>    DEFINES=-DFOOBAR
>    CFLAGS=$(CFLAGS1) $(DEFINES)
> 
>    and GNUmake can do all of this, but people don't do it.
> 

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