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Re: `make' completion in zsh-3.1.9

Bart Schaefer wrote:

> ...
> } Anything that's producing that amount of output is going to take a
> } little while to run.
> Yes, I'll say.  You might try
>     zstyle ':completion:*:make:*:version' command :
> which will prevent completion from discovering that you have GNU make;
> which in turn will cause it to parse the Makefile directly.  You lose
> completion of any targets that are availble only via recursive makes,
> and it'll miss GNUmakefile files, but it should run a lot faster.

I've mentioned the (new) _make behaviour at least twice here,
objecting to it.  For me it was even worse: I had updated zsh from
CVS, which changed some .in files.  I did `make t<TAB>' in the main
zsh directory and that caused it to call autoconf and re-compile the

I wrote about this but got no reply from whoever put that code into
_make (I'm too lazy to look it up now).  I really think we should
either make it run make only if some style is set or come up with a
better test when to run it (or, probably better, a combination, where
the test decides what the default for the style should be in a
particular situation on a particular system).

At least we shouldn't let it out of the door in a state where people
might have to set a barely documented style to keep it from doing such 
horrible things.


Sven Wischnowsky                         wischnow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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