|[10 earlier articles]|
|Re: Semantic error recovery delano@snake.CS.Berkeley.EDU (1993-11-17)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery firstname.lastname@example.org (1993-11-17)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery email@example.com (1993-11-18)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery firstname.lastname@example.org (1993-11-22)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery email@example.com (1993-11-23)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery firstname.lastname@example.org (1993-11-28)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery email@example.com (1993-12-01)|
|Re: Semantic error recovery firstname.lastname@example.org (1993-12-04)|
|From:||email@example.com (Bill Leonard)|
|Organization:||Harris CSD, Ft. Lauderdale, FL|
|Date:||Wed, 1 Dec 1993 14:58:13 GMT|
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Leonard) writes:
If you have hundreds of source files, it can take a long time for each
"compilation", because make has to check to see which of those hundreds of
source files need recompilation.
email@example.com (Geoffrey Clemm) writes:
> If you are encountering this problem, you might want to consider switching
> from "make" to "odin" (found in pub/Odin/odin.tar.Z from bellcore.com -
> 188.8.131.52). When used with an editor like emacs, Odin accepts notifications
> about files being changed, and only looks at those files when building.
We did look into using odin, but rejected it for two reasons:
1. It is not compatible with make input files. Though make is not the
greatest, it is widely available and LOTS of sofware is distributed
with makefiles. Furthermore, almost every Unix programmer knows how
to write at least a rudimentary make file. Retraining programmers and
converting make files is not an efficient use of resources.
2. The documentation was nearly impenetrable. I got the impression that
writing (and reading) odin files was extremely complicated -- worse
even than the most complicated make file! Perhaps my impression was
mistaken, but the documentation helped me to that conclusion.
Had the documentation been easier to read, and if odin files were much
simpler than make files to write and maintain, that would obviate some
of the objection in #1 above. But replacing make with an equally (or
more) complicated tool is no great gain.
One of the main reasons we looked into odin in the first place was that it
allegedly supported "parallel builds". I could not find anything in the
documentation to describe such support, let alone how to use it.
Harris Computer Systems Division
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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