Descrambling Parallel Build Logs

One of GNU make's many features allows you to shorten build times by running more than one command at a time. If your dependencies are all correct, or nearly correct, this can give you a significant improvement, and since it's built into the tool you get it "for free." But GNU make's parallel build feature—often called "dash j mode," after the command-line option that is used to enable it—is not without drawbacks. The worst of these is that GNU make parallel builds can produce incorrect results if the build dependencies are not sufficiently correct.

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How to Develop Build and Deployment Essentials

Build and deployment are two of the most essential functions that are performed by the configuration management guru. In some ways, they represent the beginning and the end of the release management life cycle. Bob Aiello describes how to develop an effective build and deployment solution complete with all of the other steps that are required as well.

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