[mercury-users] too long argument lists constructed by mmc --make

Peter Ross pro at missioncriticalit.com
Fri Jan 12 14:24:37 AEDT 2007

On 1/12/07, Simon Taylor <staylr at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12-Jan-2007, Peter Ross <pro at missioncriticalit.com> wrote:
> > Our problem is that we make heavy use of nested modules and hence have
> > very long file names.
> >
> > I have just added a few instances to the navigation, which had the
> > effect of adding a few new mercury file.
> >
> > When linking, I got this:
> >
> > ** Error making
> > `Mercury/asm_fast.gc.decldebug/i686-pc-cygwin/Mercury/exes/loans
> > _tcp_server.exe'.
> > gcc: installation problem, cannot exec
> > '/usr/lib/gcc/i686-pc-cygwin/3.4.4/collec
> > t2.exe': Argument list too long
> > make: *** [loans_tcp_server] Error 1
> >
> > The problem is the list of .o's that is getting way too big!
> >
> > I just changed grade to have a shorter grade name (then path to .o's
> > is shorter) and that worked!
> >
> > We need to find a way around that problem!
> Can you split your program into smaller libraries?
> A more general work-around might be to always construct a `.a' file
> (using multiple invocations of `ar' to keep the argument lists short)
> for all the modules in a program on Cygwin and pass that to the linker.
I found the following message which may solve our problem


However my reading of the gcc manual seems to indicate there is no way
to pass the list of files as a file, can anyone else confirm that?
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