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Re: Multiple targets of pattern rules with GNU Make

From: Paul D. Smith
Subject: Re: Multiple targets of pattern rules with GNU Make
Date: 24 May 2004 15:40:54 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3

%% "Kevin B. McCarty" <address@hidden> writes:

  kbm> %.3.o: $(HEADERS)
  kbm>         $(CXX) -c $(CXXFLAGS) $< -DDEBUG3 -o ../build/$@

  kbm> %.2.o: $(HEADERS)
  kbm>  $(CXX) -c $(CXXFLAGS) $< -DDEBUG2 -o ../build/$@

  kbm> [likewise for %.1.o and %.0.o]

These rules are incorrectly formed.  You cannot say you're going to
build one thing ($@), but then really build ../build/address@hidden  That 
the Second Rule of Makefiles.

  kbm> $(foreach num,0 1 2 3,%.$(num).o): $(HEADERS)
  kbm>  $(CXX) -c $(CXXFLAGS) $< -DDEBUG$(subst .,,$(suffix $(basename $@))) \
  kbm>          -o ../build/$@

  kbm> This of course does not work, since GNU Make assumes that the
  kbm> command will generate _all_ of the targets when multiple targets
  kbm> are present in a pattern rule.

  kbm> Is there any way to force Make to behave as if the above rule
  kbm> contained statically defined targets, so it would be equivalent
  kbm> to the set of rules listed at top?


  kbm> Or some other reasonably non-obfuscated way to do what I want
  kbm> without so much redundancy, but compatible with Make 3.79.1?

I don't know about non-obfuscated, but the only way to do what you want
without writing it all out by hand, without using eval, is to use the
make "re-exec" feature (before eval, this is how everyone did any kind
of dynamic rule generation like that).

Have a rule that generates a makefile fragment containing the right
rules, then include it, something like this (note, completely untested): Makefile
            for i in 0 1 2 3; do \
              echo "../build/%.$$i.o: \$$(HEADERS)"; \
              echo "    \$$(CXX) -c \$$(CXXFLAGS) \$$< -DDEBUG$$i -o \$$@"; \
            done > $@


Now whenever is out of date, it will get built then make will
automatically re-exec itself to read in the new contents.

 Paul D. Smith <address@hidden>          Find some GNU make tips at:            
 "Please remain calm...I may be mad, but I am a professional." --Mad Scientist

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