[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles

Brian Cully <>
Fri Feb 29 21:41:26 CET 2008

On 29-Feb-2008, at 14:56, Toby Thain wrote:
>> Makefiles are declarative, so in theory they should be really neat  
>> and
>> the Erlang world should love them. There are two flies in the
>> ointment. One is that the syntax is batshit crazy.
> i.e. Nobody reads the manual.

	Having a manual doesn't make make's syntax any less batshit crazy.

>> The other is that
>> people tend to force large doses of imperativeness into Makefiles,
>> which defeats half the point. One widespread example is recursive
>> makefiles.
> i.e. Nobody learns how to use it properly.

	Or: make isn't suitable for large classes of useful work and  
thinking, but given its predominance it is forced into these roles by  
hook and crook.


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