# Beyond Makefiles: GNU make is For More Than Just Compiling

Jun 15, 2010, 20:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"To get its instructions, make looks for a file called makefile or Makefile, which contains definitions for constructing different targets. You specify the target on the command line, and then make carries out the actions for that target (e.g. make install will carry out the commands for the install target). However, the makefile also specifies a set of files on which each target depends, and the commands will be run only if those files have been modified since the last time this target was generated. Otherwise, make will not do anything."

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