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Bleeding Edge: Getting Started with Make, Issue I

May 07, 1999, 21:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Derek Barber)

"For many aspiring Linux/UNIX programmers, especially those familiar with the IDE's of the DOS/Windows world, learning how to use the make utility is an essential addition to their repertoire. For simple projects using make may seem to be a waste of time; however, when working on any large project, make becomes a necessity for any programmer who wishes to stay sane."

"... To put it simply, make is a utility that keeps track of how to make your program. To use make, you need to create a Makefile, which is a text file that tells make what instructions to use in compiling and linking your program. Make also tracks dependencies between your source files so when you change any of the files, only the necessary files are recompiled..."

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