This KB article is applicable to ElectricAccelerator v7.0 and later.
ElectricAccelerator includes a dependency optimization feature to improve performance. By learning which dependencies are actually needed for a build, Accelerator can use that information to improve performance in subsequent builds.
When dependency optimization is enabled, emake maintains a dependency information file for each makefile. If a build’s dependencies have not changed from its previous build, emake can use that stored dependency information file for subsequent builds.
You must first run a “learning” build with the dependency optimization feature enabled. To enable dependency optimization, set the following:
For the learning build, (because there is no stored dependency information file for that specific makefile), the argument only saves a new result. For subsequent builds, the argument enables the reuse of stored dependency information and saves a new file as appropriate. If you do not specify
--emake-optimize-deps=1, then dependency information is not saved or accessed.
Note: It is recommended that you turn on
--emake-autodepend=1 to ensure accurate incremental builds.
The following table describes dependency optimization-related options.
|Use the specified directory for assets such as saved dependency information. The default directory is |
|Use the saved dependency information file for a makefile when dependencies are the same and save new dependency information when appropriate.|
Dependency information files are saved in the working directory where emake was invoked under
>/deps. (The default asset directory is
The file is named from the md5 hash of the root-relative path of the “main” makefile for the make instance that the dependency information file belongs to.
- If your emake root is /tmp/src, and your makefile is /tmp/src/Makefile, then the dependency information file is named after the md5 hash of the string “Makefile”.
- If your root is /tmp/src and your makefile is /tmp/src/foo/Makefile, the file is named after the md5 hash of the string “foo/Makefile”.
- Dependency optimization is not supported when using NMAKE (or Visual Studio/devenv) emulation.
- Product versions: 7.0 and later