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From "Nelson, Laird" <>
Subject RE: [RFE] Default Help target on error ?
Date Tue, 25 Jul 2000 12:14:43 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Donald []
> They don't want to read the 
> build file
> (that come close to 
> 900 lines) to figure out what targets are available and which ones are
> useful. Usually a project has a target named help - or 
> something similar.

Ooh, this sounds like a good idea.  I'd like to expand this idea a bit.

I think nmake allows a makefile to have a tiny bit of procedural logic in it
that verifies that everything is in place and ready to go, and if it isn't,
then it errors out with a message.  I'd love it if ant provided similar
functionality.  What if this help idea and an
error-out-if-platform-isn't-set-up-right functionality were combined?  Am I
making sense?


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