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29.2.5 Recommendations for Tool Writers

We think that every compilation tool ought to be able to generate dependencies as a side effect of compilation. Furthermore, at least while make-based tools are nearly universally in use (at least in the free software community), the tool itself should generate dummy dependencies for header files, to avoid the deleted header file bug. Finally, the tool should generate a dependency for each probe, instead of each successful file open, in order to avoid the duplicated new header bug.


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