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Re: MUST GNUstep Makefiles be called GNUmakefile?

From: David Ayers
Subject: Re: MUST GNUstep Makefiles be called GNUmakefile?
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 10:16:15 +0200
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Björn Giesler wrote:


it seems to be necessary to name a GNUstep makefile 'GNUmakefile' and nothing else, otherwise "make" complains with
        make[1]: GNUmakefile: No such file or directory
        make[1]: *** No rule to make target `GNUmakefile'.  Stop.

Is there a political or technical reason for this?

The reason GNU make searches for 'GNUmakefile' in preference to 'Makefile' is technical becuase projects relying on GNU make extensions (like I believe GNUstep does). But GNUmakefiles are not necessarily "GNUstep" makefiles. :-) They are simply makefiles that probably require GNU - make.

Any non-option parameter passed to make will be interpreted as a target. If you want to supply a file name to the a custom Makefile, you should be able to use the -f option:

make -f MyMakefile  (see: man/info make)

Good Luck!


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