Kirby C. Bohling wrote:
On Wed, Jul 27, 2005 at 10:25:10AM -0400, A Large Angry SCM wrote:
Ryan Anderson wrote:
Convert build process from recurse Make to a single Make

Please explain the rational for this.

I'm new to the list, but given the subject, I'm fairly confident
it's this.

http://www.canb.auug.org.au/~millerp/rmch/recu-make-cons-harm.html

...

He used the exact wording just about everyone dones when referring
to it conceptually.  It's easy to google for support and rebuttal:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Recursive+Make+considered+harmful&btnG=Google+Search

Thanks for the references.

A quick read of the paper and some of the rebuttals make me think that either way (recursive/non-recursive): * require about the same amount of makefile/dependency maintenance work from developers. * allow developers to be lazy in different ways with makefiles/dependencies.
        * achieves the same end.

The non-recursive make method may have a small advantage for developers using Git for their SCM because the Git operations are also performed at the top level due to Git's design.
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