[phobos] Makefile

David Simcha dsimcha at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 08:02:46 PST 2010

I basically flunked the build processes course and I don't actually know
Make.  My success rate compiling software on Linux is well under 50%.  I
loved the old make file because it required no configuration, etc. and
everything always worked.  My biggest concern is that, for new school
programmers that don't use makefiles in their own projects and don't know
how to fix them if something goes wrong, the build process needs to Just
Work (TM) without any tweaking.  I frankly don't care how messy it is under
the hood.

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu <andrei at erdani.com>wrote:

> I'm rewriting the Linux makefile. The existing one works well and is small,
> but Walter complained about it being impenetrable and I agree. It uses weird
> string expansions and stuff.
> Back when I wrote it that was the only method I could find to avoid
> repeating a lot of stuff for all OSs, builds, unittests, etc. Recently,
> inspired by Walter, I decided to go with a different approach that relies on
> recursive make invocations. That simplifies matters drastically: no more
> string expansions, no more '$$', no more crap.
> By this I'm asking you what you'd like to see in the makefile. What are the
> builds that you need and use, and what builds you'd like to use that aren't
> there?
> Andrei
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