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Re: bin/50194: teach make about zip files

The following reply was made to PR bin/50194; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: bin/50194: teach make about zip files
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:01:41 +0200

 On Thu, Sep 03, 2015 at 07:40:01AM +0000, wrote:
 > Make has a dusty and disused feature where it can look inside ar files
 > in order to address individual members and write rules about them.
 > This allows, for example, updating single files within static
 > libraries after recompiling.
 IMO this is a historic feature from the age where memory was extremely
 tight and doing anything on more than a single file was prohibitive. I
 don't think it should be extended and the general lack of equivalent
 functionality in most other build systems is a good indicator that it
 isn't all that useeful.

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