[Monodevelop-devel] Adding project build dependencies in MD's makefiles

Lluis Sanchez Gual lluis at novell.com
Tue Nov 18 09:54:09 EST 2008

El dl 17 de 11 de 2008 a les 20:37 -0600, en/na Mike Kestner va
> On Mon, 2008-11-17 at 20:19 -0500, Michael Hutchinson wrote:
> > > However Mike is right in that with proper dependency checking the
> > > makefiles would be more correct and would avoid weird build errors when
> > > there are changes in the api.
> > 
> > I think this would be a really good idea, as we've had a number of
> > breakages resulting from the lack of proper dependencies. I've
> > actually added dependencies to a couple of addins already.
> There's potentially a larger issue, in that the MD makefiles are
> synchronized by MD itself, so the functionality which does this sync
> apparently does not currently support robust dependency checking for its
> output.  Regardless of whether the MD project wants to have robust
> dependency checking for project references, I suspect many of our users
> will want it.

No, that's unrelated. Makefile synchronization just keeps in sync lists
of files and references, but it does not decide what to do with those.
That's up to the makefile. 

> > > So I'd like to know what you think about this. I suggested making this
> > > project dependency optional, although I don't know how hard it would be.
> > 
> > I don't think it's necessary. Maybe we could make it more convenient
> > by having make targets corresponding to the core areas e.g. make
> > md-project-gui would execute make in
> > main/src/core/MonoDevelop.Project.Gui.
> If the feature is optional, I think it should probably be on by default,
> because most people will expect a change in a project to rebuild
> projects which depend on it.

That's ok to me, go ahead.


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