Isn't 'make depend' optional?

Bang Jun-Young junyoung at
Mon Aug 5 10:07:08 CDT 2002

On Mon, Aug 05, 2002 at 04:49:21PM +0200, Joerg Mayer wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 05, 2002 at 11:22:54PM +0900, Bang Jun-Young wrote:
> > In what cases?
> I don't know.
> > I think you never understand what the purpose of 'make depend' is.
> You may be right here :-) I think make depend builds for each source file
> a list of all other files it includes (recursively). So if one of theses
> files has changed, an existing object file get rebuild.
> So if something in the include or #define structure (e.g. config.h)
> changes, you need to do a new make depend.

If none of files in the source directories is supposed to change,
e.g. making a binary package from sources, 'make depend' is completely

> That's my understanding of what make depend is good for.

I intepret "be good for" to "be useful for", not "be required for."


Bang Jun-Young <junyoung at>

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