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From Mariusz Nowostawski <>
Subject Re: long command lines from execon with parallel=true
Date Tue, 23 Jan 2001 03:39:48 GMT

> >>> I've made a local change to the 1.2 sources to add a 'batch' attribute to
> >>> the execon task (telling it how many source files to pass per batch
> >>> execution of the command). Should I submit this patch?
> >> 
> >> Sounds all right to me. Some of the underlying executable programs may
> >> also expect limited number of arguments, so your patch would make that
> >> easier to use as well.
> > 
> > 
> > I think it would be preferable to specify the maximum length of the
> > command rather than the number of arguments.  Since length of paths can
> > vary wildly, there's no guarantee a certain number of arguments won't
> > still be too long in some cases.  
> True. In fact that was my first thought, but the number of arguments was 
> a lot easier to implement and I was sick of 1/2 hour builds with 
> parallel=false 8^}). (my haven't I become impatient!)
> Although limiting only the length of the command wouldn't help with the 
> situation Mariusz describes, with an external command only capable of 
> groking a particular number...

Limiting a length is such an artificial and OS-dependent-only thing, that
I would rather not make it a parameter of a build target, but place it
(i.e. hardcode it) inside the execon implementation for a particular
OS. If for example given OS cannot cope with command lines longer than
given limit then hardcode it into the target that if OS==givenOS and
length>givenLimit, split it.    What do you think? 


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