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From: Ramsay Jones <>
To: GIT Mailing-list <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>
Subject: [PATCH 1/8] Documentation/Makefile: conditionally include doc.dep
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2020 21:02:26 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

The 'clean' target is noticeably slow on cygwin, even for a 'do-nothing'
invocation of 'make clean'. For example, the second 'make clean' below:

  $ make clean >/dev/null 2>&1
  $ make clean
  GIT_VERSION = 2.29.0
  make[1]: Entering directory '/home/ramsay/git/Documentation'
      GEN mergetools-list.made
      GEN cmd-list.made
      GEN doc.dep

has been timed at 23.339s, using git v2.29.0, on my laptop (on old core
i5-4200M @ 2.50GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD).

Notice that, since the 'doc.dep' file does not exist, make takes the
time (about 8s) to generate several files in order to create the doc.dep
include file. (If an 'include' file is missing, but a target for the
said file is present in the Makefile, make will execute that target
and, if that file now exists, throw away all its internal data and
re-read and re-parse the Makefile). Having spent the time to include
the 'doc.dep' file, the 'clean' target immediately deletes those files.

In order to eliminate such wasted effort, use the value of the internal
$(MAKECMDGOALS) variable to only '-include doc.dep' when the target is
not 'clean'. (This drops the time down to 12.364s, on my laptop, giving
an improvement of 47.02%).

Signed-off-by: Ramsay Jones <>
 Documentation/Makefile | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/Makefile b/Documentation/Makefile
index 80d1908a44..652d57a1b6 100644
--- a/Documentation/Makefile
+++ b/Documentation/Makefile
@@ -286,7 +286,9 @@ doc.dep : $(docdep_prereqs) $(wildcard *.txt) $(wildcard config/*.txt) build-doc
 	$(PERL_PATH) ./build-docdep.perl >$@+ $(QUIET_STDERR) && \
 	mv $@+ $@
+ifneq ($(MAKECMDGOALS),clean)
 -include doc.dep
 cmds_txt = cmds-ancillaryinterrogators.txt \
 	cmds-ancillarymanipulators.txt \

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