On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> I wonder if we can do better.  The attached patch is the rest of a
>> couple of hours of hacking on a "see whether all of our includes
>> compile separately" project.  Directions:
> Don't we have more or less that already in src/tools/pginclude/cpluspluscheck?

Hmm, yeah, similar.  I didn't know about that.  But mine tries to get
the Makefile system to run the build, so that you compile it the same
way you are actually compiling the source tree, which is pretty darn
important.  cpluspluscheck fails miserably on my system, because it
doesn't know about the additional include directories I've configured.

>> It strikes me that if we could make this robust enough to include in
>> the buidlfarm, that would be good.  And maybe we could then have a
>> pgrminclude tool which is a bit smarter also, and something that
>> anyone can easily run.  I don't think pgrminclude should be part of
>> the buildfarm, but being able to run it every release cycle with
>> relatively minimal pain instead of every 5 years with extensive
>> fallout seems like it would be a win.
> I do not think that pgrminclude will *ever* be something that can be
> quasi-automatic or work without close adult supervision.  In the
> first place, whether a given reference is required or not can easily
> vary depending on platform and compile options.  In the second place,
> when there is something removable it's often because there are multiple
> inclusion pathways reaching the same header file, and figuring out
> which one is most appropriate to keep is a judgment call that requires
> some understanding of what we think the system structure ought to be.
> In fact, undoing the mess that the last pgrminclude run created was
> sufficiently painful that I'm not sure I want to see it run again ever.
> A few unnecessary includes isn't that big a problem.

No, but a lot of unnecessary includes eventually sucks.

> Having said that, part of the reason for the carnage was that someone
> had previously created a circular #include loop.  It would be good to
> have a tool that would whine about that; or at least fix pgrminclude
> so it would refuse to do anything if it found one.

I think there's basically no hope of making pgrminclude very smart as
long as it is a shell script.  If we can use perl and integrate with
the Makefiles, I think it could be made much smarter.  I agree that
there's not much chance of running it without close human supervision
and the application of human judgement, but I also think that the
current tool is pretty much hopeless.  If we improve the tool so that
it isn't so difficult to run and doesn't do so many silly things, we
can probably reduce the pain considerably.

Robert Haas
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