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From "Gilles Scokart" <>
Subject Re: Maybe we should open up "depends" for all targets
Date Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:50:27 GMT
2008/11/21 Stefan Bodewig <>:
> On 2008-11-20, Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 10:21 AM, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:
>>> target-group is-a target.  A "plain target" is a target as opposed to
>>> a target-group.
>> Since I have conceptualized them in my head as something different
>> than targets, I forget that implementation-wise they remain targets.
> Not only implementation-wise, also in my head, conceptually.
>> I actually think it would be better if the code made them distinct
>> classes, possibly extracting an interface for the perform and
>> dependency getting parts, but that's a different story. From the
>> user and documentation perspective, the fact that a target-group is
>> a target under the cover should be de-emphasized IMHO.
> I wonder what sort of difference between target and target-group
> people see, I don't seem to get it, sorry.
> Stefan

I'm not sure exactely of what sort of difference I see (normal because
we didn't manage to define it), but here my "feeling" about the
difference :
- There is a difference of granularity.
- Between targets, you have a relations of prerequisites.  A target
depends on things being produced by other target (that the dependee
target knows).
- Between targets and target-group, you have an idea of 'PartOf'
relationship (with only the part having knowledge of its group).

Gilles Scokart

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