the _concept_ of this wrapper has been tested extensively, but the
integration with the build/install system, and using a persistent
specfile rather than one generated at build-time, have not been
heavily tested and may need minor tweaks.
this approach should be a lot more robust (and easier to improve) than
writing a shell script that's responsible for trying to mimic gcc's
logic about whether it's compiling or linking, building shared libs or
executable files, etc. it's also lighter weight and should result in
mildly faster builds when using the wrapper.