Linux.com: SysAdmin to SysAdmin: Make for System Administrators
Dec 02, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael McGlothlin)
"Custom software installation is a common task for sysadmins.
Compiling the software is often a complex process involving many
steps that must be done in the correct order. Figuring out these
steps once is difficult enough, but repeating these steps exactly
is even more difficult when you need to rebuild your software in
the future. The make program can make this task easier by letting
you script complex installs. By using a single control file, you
can perform a number of tasks, including downloading, building, and
installing needed programs; uninstalling the same programs; and
backing up the program's configuration files.
"A simple example would be building and managing the Apache Web
Inside the make command(Sep 02, 2000)