pretty-print build considered harmful #3761

wesolows opened this Issue Jul 24, 2012 · 1 comment


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The practice of hiding command execution during the build process frustrates debugging and provides no meaningful benefit. A quick survey of existing GH issues shows several incidents in which submitters who provided build output were asked to take another lap with V=1. We should save everyone a lot of time -- including people who are debugging the build themselves in development or automated build environments -- and just make that behavior the default. If for some reason there is someone relying on not having any usable information about the build and wants the existing behavior, it could be preserved if a similar make variable is set (e.g., SILENT_BUILD=1 or similar).

@isaacs isaacs added a commit to isaacs/node-v0.x-archive that referenced this issue Jul 24, 2012
@isaacs isaacs Fix #3761 build: Default to V=1 f215445
isaacs commented Jul 24, 2012

@wesolows As a temporary workaround (which of course doesn't help tracking down the bugs we see), you can export V=1 on your own machine.

@isaacs isaacs added a commit that closed this issue Jul 25, 2012
@isaacs isaacs Fix #3761 build: Default to V=1 8656c26
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