develooper Front page | perl.perl5.porters | Postings from December 2004

Should makefiles ask for permission to overwrite files?

Thread Next
Steve Hay
December 6, 2004 07:20
Should makefiles ask for permission to overwrite files?
Message ID:
Recent work on (change 23554) contained a typo which caused a 
complete rebuild to be performed when running "nmake test" on Win32.

This was causing my overnight smokes of 5.9.x to hang because the build 
process involves some "xcopy" commands which found themselves 
overwriting files that already existed (i.e. from the first build done 
by "nmake") and hence were waiting for a response regarding whether or 
not it was OK to overwrite files.

I've just fixed this as change 23616, but it raised the question of 
whether the "xcopy" commands should have waited for user input at all.

I could change the $(XCOPY) macro definition to include the "/y" option 
which would do the obvious thing, but I wondered what the policy was on 
other OS's?

- Steve

Radan Computational Ltd.

The information contained in this message and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended for the addressee(s) only.  If you have received this message in error or there are any problems, please notify the sender immediately.  The unauthorized use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this message is strictly forbidden.  Note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Radan Computational Ltd.  The recipient(s) of this message should check it and any attached files for viruses: Radan Computational will accept no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.

Thread Next Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
Comments to Ask Bjørn Hansen at | Group listing | About