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ak@suse.de (Andi Kleen)  wrote on 15.11.02 in <20021115043827.A20764@wotan.suse.de>:

> > and then have the timer clear "xtime_count" every time it updates it.
>
> Problem is that you cannot easily synchronize such a monotonously increasing
> timer in a network. But make needs synchronized times.

That's really a make problem. It gets much worse when you count in times
going backwards because you restore a file from backup, or whatever.

What I'd really like make to do - but it can't with the current design -
is to note the exact time stamp of each dependency when creating a target,
and when reconsidering that target, finding out if any of those time
stamps have changed in any way (and, while we're at it, probably check the
size as well). *Changed since last time*, not younger than the target.

But of course to do that, you need a persistent repository for those time
stamps - which, I think, kbuild-Owen does.

If you think about the more tricky things to do with make, this is almost
always what you would need to make a solution much easier.

Take network time shift, for example. Once you no longer need a younger-
older relation, that time shift is actually completely irrelevant!

One of these days, when I have lots of time (as if!) ...

MfG Kai
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