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developerWorks: Debugging make

Oct 27, 2006, 09:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Seebach)

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"Most UNIX and Linux programs are built by running make. The make utility reads a file (generally named either 'makefile' or 'Makefile,' but hereafter merely referred to as 'a makefile') that contains instructions and performs various actions to build a program. In many build processes, the makefile is itself generated entirely by other software; for instance, the autoconf/automake programs are used to develop build routines. Other programs may ask you to directly edit a makefile, and of course, new development may require you to write one.

"The phrase 'the make utility' is misleading..."

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