On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 09:22:53AM +0100, John Keeping wrote:
> On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 01:57:12AM +0200, Petr Baudis wrote:
> >   Just to clear up on what the best practice is, I'd imagine the setup
> > to be something like:
> > 
> >     (a) Makefile contains inclusion of Makefile.include.
> > 
> >     (b) There is a file like Makefile.include.template containing
> >     a template to be copied over and filled by the user.
> > 
> >     (c) Makefile contains code that makes sure all variables that
> >     are supposed to be set are set and obsolete variables are not,
> >     since there is no mechanism to cause e.g. a merge conflict
> >     on change of Makefile.include.template.
> > 
> > Is there a better way to solve this?
> I think the best practice would be what Git itself does ;-)
> The Makefile sets default values for all parameters, some of which are
> inferred based on the system.  It then includes config.mak, which allows
> the user to override any of these values.

So that's pretty similar to what I described, modulo the filenames.
I'd say it's more friendly if you don't need to tweak any of the
defaults in the common case, but less friendly if you always need to
tweak something/everything (you really want a template file then
and not covering (c) is a problem).

                                Petr "Pasky" Baudis
        For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear,
        simple, and wrong.  -- H. L. Mencken
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