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Re: CVS commit: src/sys/arch

On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 09:36:42AM +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:
 > On Thu, 27 May 2010, David A. Holland wrote:
 > > -cleandir distclean: cleanlibdir
 > > +cleandir distclean: .WAIT cleanlibdir
 > I would have expected .WAIT to be a no-op in this context.  How does
 > "do nothing, wait until you have finished doing nothing, then make
 > cleanlibdir" differ from "make cleanlibdir" ?

Because that's not the only RHS for cleandir. If you have

foo: bar
foo: .WAIT baz

it's the same as

foo: bar .WAIT
foo: baz


foo: bar .WAIT baz

It is fragile because it depends on the ordering of declarations and
includes, but it does work.

For example, try this makefile with -j8, with and without the .WAIT:

all: a b c
all: .WAIT d e f g h

a b c d e f g h:
        @echo '>>  $@'
        @sleep 1
        @echo '    $@  >>'

David A. Holland

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