Help on smart recompilation

Clement Cheung <>
Thu, 13 Feb 92 16:16:10 EST

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From: Clement Cheung <>
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Date: Thu, 13 Feb 92 16:16:10 EST
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I got hold on two papers on smart recompilation. And I quote "Smart
recompilation is the method of reducing the set of modules that must be
recompiled after a change. The method determines whether recompilation is
necessary by isolating the differences among program modules and analyzing
the effect of changes." Those papers dated back to 1986. I am wondering
if somebody reading this group will point me to recent research in this
topic or a related topic.

Please email your responses and I will summarize the results.

Clement Cheung
[There was a related paper on incremental linking in the Jan '91 TOPLAS, but
it described work from 1987. See messages 91-03-090 and 91-03-078. Many
people are satisfied with "make" though I can imagine that there may be places
where the effort to determine that a change is benign is less than the effort
to recompile. Also note that making compilers compile faster like Thompson's
Plan 9 C compiler does satisfies many of the same goals. -John]

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