[erlang-questions] Use of makefiles
Sat Mar 1 02:44:39 CET 2008
On 29-Feb-08, at 2:41 PM, Brian Cully wrote:
> 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.
It never struck me as crazy. I guess it's subjective.
>>> The other is that
>>> people tend to force large doses of imperativeness into Makefiles,
>>> which defeats half the point. One widespread example is recursive
>> i.e. Nobody learns how to use it properly.
> Or: make isn't suitable for large classes of useful work and
I see no evidence of that. It's used for plenty of real work - and
not just by me.
> but given its predominance it is forced into these roles by hook
> and crook.
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