[Scons-users] missing sconscripts, and warnings/errors

Mats Wichmann mats at wichmann.us
Tue Jul 17 10:23:19 EDT 2018

I brought this subject up on irc, wanted to bring it here for some
framing before filing a github issue.

A call to an sconscript which is not found is a warning, not an error.
To me that sounds dangerous.  In fact, the project I'm working on has
some problems due to this, though it's largely our fault (a non-core
build which will not be executed directly, rather handed off to another
buildystem which in the end calls scons again, but only after moving
pieces around to craft a custom setup. PLEASE don't ask, it's too painful).

On initial discussion on irc, there was some sentiment that turning this
case fatal might be a good idea, with developers who don't want it to be
fatal able to trap the exception and proceed; but as I've poked around
in the code, it's clearly intentional: there are test cases to make sure
the warning is issued as expected, and a command-line warning to turn
on/off the printing of a warning message for this - but not one to make
it an error.

So I'm happy to to file a bug on changing this behavior if people agree
that's the right approach, but that feels like it might be an "API
change" - at least a change in long-standing behavior.

So how about this as an alternative?  Can we add a mechanism to
selectively or all-in treat warnings as errors? If so I'd propose a
concept similar to gcc, such that:

-Werror          - treat all warnings as errors
-Werror=XXX      - make the specified warning(s) into an error
-Wno-error=XXX   - do not treat specified warning as error

where XXX would be the same tags as documented for --warn=XXX

disabled warnings would not cause errors, so to make sense
-Werror=XXX would imply --warn=XXX;

For the case cited, I could then say:


in order to have my build fail, rather than have a missable message log
itself somewhere in a 50,000-line build log. Yes, they're that big in
the case of the CI builds :(

I am not wedded to any exact syntax, the gcc syntax is to illustrate.

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