On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 05:39:37PM +0100, Robert Swindells wrote: > > Perry E. Metzger wrote: > >Quentin Garnier <cube%cubidou.net@localhost> writes: > >>> It might be nice if something analogous to the share/mk/bsd.README > >>> file was written for this. I would mean more people could maintain the > >>> code. > >> > >> I might try to write some stuff down later, but right now my priority > >> is to have the stuff working. It's really not that complicate to get, > >> provided you have experience with other similar parts of our source > >> tree. > > >If you do have time later, please do write some of it down. > > > >When things are undocumented, even if it only makes it a little bit > >harder to fix things, that will often reduce the chances that people > >will fix things on their own. Little barriers to understanding can > >be enough to make people avoid doing stuff. > > > >As an aside, I think one of the positive things that distinguishes BSD > >and NetBSD in particular is the obsession with being thoroughly > >documented. It makes it much easier for people to get up to speed > >quickly. > > I think that what is needed is to document what can go wrong when > adding new stuff. > > I was able to work out fairly quickly what I thought was needed in > the different Makefiles, I just can't get some of them to work. I know the feeling. I've run my share of make -d A/ktrace make already. For instance, in the Makefiles for the DRI modules, I can't allow using .PATH because the targets are evaluated immediately by make, so I had to use a variable later added to .PATH so that the Makefile of a module only had to include one Makefile to just work. Maybe I should document that :) This is my main gripe with make, especially for pkgsrc development. It's hard to tell exactly when expressions will be evaluated. -- Quentin Garnier - cube%cubidou.net@localhost - cube%NetBSD.org@localhost "See the look on my face from staying too long in one place [...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling" KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.
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