Friday, January 18, 2008

On Building Cycles

One of the enhancements I am considering for in 3.4 is partial handling of cycles.

The latest idea is allowing a cycle that contains at least one binary bundle. The presence of the binary bundle could be enough to break the cycle and allow us to compile the remaining bundles.

Consider the following:

A <- B <- C <- D <- E

Where we have a cycle between B, C, and D. If C is binary and does not need to be compiled, we may be able to compile the remaining bundles in the order A, D, B, E.

However, there are cases where this would not work. It could be that allowing this wouldn't actually help and would simply be giving people rope to hang themselves with.

If you have an opinion on this, please go comment on the bug and give the patches there a try.

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