[webkit-dev] Compiling WebKit up to 25% faster in Windows?

Peter Kasting pkasting at google.com
Wed Mar 27 15:00:52 PDT 2013

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM, Benjamin Poulain <benjamin at webkit.org>wrote:

> Hackabilty is a project goal. Compile time is not.

Well, in fairness, I think anyone contributing seriously to a codebase will
get more hacking done if they're spending significantly less time
recompiling :).

I happen to be someone who finds full paths more readable and more
instructive as to the true dependencies of a file, but I think Benjamin's
concern about not wanting it to be too hard to reorganize files is
reasonable.  Developing a moderately-robust script to help fix up #includes
when moving a file would probably help.

I also share the viewpoint that these initial results are interesting but
not yet broad enough to make final decisions.  It seems like it's worth the
time to try and find out whether the gains generalize across WebKit and on
other platforms/compilers.

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