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digitalmars.D - Can someone please explain 'make' to me

reply Joey Peters <Joey_member pathlink.com> writes:
The 'make' tool documentation is pretty... Lacking. Could someone paste me a
simple example makefile?
Nov 09 2004
parent Sean Kelly <sean f4.ca> writes:
Joey Peters wrote:
 The 'make' tool documentation is pretty... Lacking. Could someone paste me a
 simple example makefile?

'make' is a standard tool that's used a lot more on Unix than it is on Windows (if you know all this, forgive me). If you're so inclined, O'Reilly has a good little book called "Managing Projects with Make." Here's a sample makefile: program : main.o mod1.o mod2.o sc program main.o mod1.o mod2.o main.o : main.d dmd -c main.d mod1.o : mod1.d dmd mod1.d mod2.o : mod2.d dmd mod2.d 'program' is a target, and its dependencies are listed after the colon. The following tab-indented line contains the command that builds 'program.' But first make goes and builds all its dependencies, so mod1.o depends only on 'mod1.d' and is built using the command 'dmd -c main.d,' etc. Things can get a bit tricky, as makefiles can contain macros like: name = string So when you place '$(name)' in the makefile it will be replaced with 'string.' This should be enough to go on. There are some rather long makefiles in the dmd source tree that I assume you've found :) Sean
Nov 09 2004