Subject: Re: src/dist is a *bad* idea
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/13/1999 17:14:57
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On Mon, 13 Dec 1999, Greg A. Woods wrote:

>This is a very real problem and Perry is seemingly blinded by the fact
>that he's only seen the simple and easy initial few cases -- i.e. he
>obviously doesn't have the real-world experience I'm trying to share
>which I'm saying shows he's wrong, hands down.  Perhaps the magnitude of
>these problems are only manifest to someone who's played on all sides of
>this fence... I don't know -- I just know that I've grown, i.e. learned
>from experience, to really and totally detest the src/dist scheme and
>the use of vpath makefiles for building such products.

Real problem or not, the fact is that gnu/dist has been around for quite
some time, and in fact _has_ seen us through a variety of code
improvements and even version updates quite successfully.  It's all very
well to claim that it doesn't work and can't work, but the fact is that
it _does_ work, and if you want to end it, the onus is on you to show us
what's possible with code directly in the tree that's not possible with
dist hierarchies.

- -- 
				Jim Wise

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