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Tim Rice tim at trr.metro.NET
Wed Nov 4 14:21:29 GMT 1998

On Wed, 4 Nov 1998, Tom Tromey wrote:

> Alexandre> The fact is that it *can* do that, but, in general, it
> Alexandre> can't issue compilation commands in a portable way, because
> Alexandre> `-c -o' is not portable, and also due to possible
> Alexandre> subtleties in user-defined rules.
> Reliable sources tell me that the `-c -o' restriction isn't really
> worth worrying about.  At home I have the precise info, but basically
> it turns out that there's just one obscure compiler that fails this
SCO 3.2v4.2 native compiler (not a current product but many out there)
All native compilers on UnixWare before UnixWare 7.
UnixWare 2.1.x is still a shipping product.
And if looking at the Mozilla source is any indication, some OS on some
NEC equipment. (maybe that's the obscure one)

> (plus at least one that chooses a losing name for the intermediate .s
> file).
One advantage of multiple Makefiles with configure/automake is that most 
of the work is allready done to be able to build outside of the source tree.
Last time I checked this could not be done.
> Tom

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