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bug #41273: Directory cache causes issues with wildcard, etc.

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Sun 19 Jan 2014 04:12:03 AM UTC  
Severity: 3 - NormalItem Group: Bug
Status: NonePrivacy: Public
Assigned to: NoneOpen/Closed: Open
Component Version: 3.81Operating System: Any
Fixed Release: NoneTriage Status: Medium Effort

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Wed 18 Feb 2015 06:28:39 PM UTC, comment #2:

For other issues with caching see bug #14617, bug #443, bug #21231 as well as http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/help-make/2015-02/msg00010.html and various other email threads and SO questions...

We need to either find a way to keep all or most of the benefits of the cache without causing these problems (maybe find a better way to invalidate the cache?), or else allow the user to disable it when they want to write "questionable" makefiles that assume no caching.

Paul D. Smith <psmith>
Project Administrator
Mon 03 Feb 2014 12:19:15 AM UTC, comment #1:

This is a function make's internal directory caching mechanism. The wildcard function looks through the internal cache (where it exists) not the local filesystem, which means that if there are rules that create files make doesn't know about (e.g., ones that didn't exist when make started and are not listed as targets of the recipes make runs) then they may not show up in the results of the wildcard function.

Paul D. Smith <psmith>
Project Administrator
Sun 19 Jan 2014 04:12:03 AM UTC, original submission:

Using a simple makefile under Windows 7, it became apparent that the wildcard function does not reflect the existence of a library created when the first object was added to it.

This is make 3.81, as downloaded from gnuwin32:

GNU Make 3.81
Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A

This program built for i386-pc-mingw32


The attached listing shows both the GNUmakefile, and the resulting output showing that $(wildcard ll.lib) does not recognize the existence of the library after it was created.

However, my workaround $(mywildcard) gives the correct results one would expect from the wildcard function. This is consistent with the mention that a cache is probably used to avoid actually checking the filesystem and can therefore cause inconsistent results. Curiously, repeated tests showed that occasionally the wildcard function would begin showing the existence of the library file in the middle of building and adding the eight object files. But usually it would not recognize the file until the make was run a second time.

Thank you,

Harry Clauson



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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Wed 18 Feb 2015 06:28:39 PM UTCpsmithOperating SystemMS Windows=>Any
      Triage StatusNone=>Medium Effort
      Summarywildcard function does not return newly created file=>Directory cache causes issues with wildcard, etc.
    Sun 19 Jan 2014 04:13:11 AM UTCNoneAttached File-=>Added wildcard.txt, #30306

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