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From "Craeg K. Strong" <>
Subject Re: Patch Audit
Date Sun, 05 Aug 2001 20:44:54 GMT
Stephane Bailliez wrote:

>I don't think it is important and maybe it's me but I don't see the
>motivation, there's already a description attribute in the target.
Probably just needs a  better title.  The problem being addressed is the 
lack of project-wide
documentation.  When you have a directory full of 50 buildfiles, many of 
which are called from
others, it becomes quite difficult to remember what they all DO :-)      

This is the description for the _project_  not for any particular 
_target_ in a project.  All 50 of my
buildfiles may have a "compile" target, but that doesn't help me very 
much to achieve a quick
understanding at the 50,000 foot level...

There were two approaches discussed, 1) adding a description attribute 
to the project and 2) adding
a <description> element.  I originally coded up #1 (don't remember if I 
submitted it), but Stefan and others
felt that the element was more appropriate.  

The need is real!   I personally don't really care as much exactly _how_ 
it is implemented.  But I feel a
project-wide description capability is a big win for 1.4!

"Dependset" and "Multiple targets in Merging Mapper" are both useful and 
ready to go.
Of the two, I believe dependset is more important to get in for 1.4



PS  Thanks for being so thorough--great job, guys!

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