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make: "dynamic" targets?

From: kj
Subject: make: "dynamic" targets?
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 22:37:14 +0000 (UTC)
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Pardon the cryptic title, but I don't know the correct terminology...

I want to write Makefile that starts out by downloading a file from
a remote site, but the obstacle I'm facing is that the name of the
downloaded file is not known at the time of writing the Makefile;
it changes over time.  The only thing that remains constant is a
suffix.  E.g. at various times, the downloaded file may be 123_foo.tgz,
786_foo.tgz, 2110_foo.tgz, etc.

I can write the rule for performing this download, but I can't
figure out how to write rules that work with the resulting download.
Just to be concrete, suppose the rule for download is something
like this:

        wget -N*_foo.tgz

and assume that the directory always contains
exactly one file matching the pattern *_foo.tgz, though the full
name of this file changes over time.  (BTW, the -N flag tells wget
to download a file only if its latest-modification time is more
recent than the one for a local copy of the same file, but I guess
I don't need to explain this to this crowd :) .)

OK now, how would I write a rule to run "tar xzf" on this downloaded
file *only if* it was "just downloaded"?

This doesn't sound like such an unusual situation but I'm thoroughly
stumped.  For one thing, the directory resulting from running "tar
xzf" on a fresh download doesn't even exist yet, since its name
would have the form *_foo for some novel value of *, so make could
not compare the latest modification times of the new download
against that of this hypothetical directory...




NOTE: In my address everything before the first period is backwards;
and the last period, and everything after it, should be discarded.

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