Commit c8168933 authored by Andrey Mokhov's avatar Andrey Mokhov
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Add docs (mostly progress comments so far).

parent 9a330831
commit that introduced the weird sed stuff:
commit a49e9cf3ff5af48c011c7ade9338b49b667b2201
Author: Ian Lynagh <>
Date: Fri Feb 22 22:18:50 2013 +0000
Add separate rules for all .hi files, rather than using %.hi style
If a file is created by a %.hi rule, and the actual filename isn't
mentioned in the makefiles, then make will treat it as an 'intermediate
file' and delete it when it is finished.
We'd been lucky so far that .hi files weren't actually being built due
to our rules (but rather, as side-effects of the .o rules). However,
when using -dynamic-too to build, we had a rule
$1/$2/build/%.$$(dyn_osuf): $1/$2/build/%.$$(v_hisuf)
which meant that building a .dyn_o could cause the rule for the
corresponding .hi to be used, and the .hi may then be deleted later on.
This was exacerbated by a bug in GNU make 3.81 which caused make to
enter an infinite loop if running in parallel mode:
would stop make from deleting the intermediate files. However, this
caused make to take a pathologically long time (it appeared to be
live-locked for 2 hours before I killed it) with our build system.
This patch instead creates lines like
$(eval $(call
libraries/base/dist-install/build/Unsafe/Coerce.hi : %hi: %o
in the .depend files, which results in a rule like
libraries/base/dist-install/build/Unsafe/Coerce.hi : %hi: %o libraries/base/Unsafe/Coerce.hs ;
which, as the files are now all named in the makefiles, means they are
no longer intermediate files so do not get deleted.
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