[Coco] Re: Re: Re: make and friends was Re: CCASM for Linux
Rodney V Hamilton
Rodney_Hamilton at GBRonline.com
Wed Dec 15 20:31:45 EST 2004
In article <e3.8df18fc.2ef2191e at aol.com>, KnudsenMJ at aol.com said...
>In a message dated 12/14/04 7:48:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>Rodney_Hamilton at GBRonline.com writes:
>It's possible that I was thinking of xmkmf, the X Window System's makefile
>generator instead but it's been a few years now and my manuals are long gone
>Makefile generator? Is this something that goes thru your *.c files and
>and makes up a dependency of that c file on head.h?
>While I'd love a utility that checks and verifies my existing Makefile for
>all the required dependencies, I think anyone who needs to generate a Makefile
>*after* designing his project and writing the C files, is engaging in sloppy
>But then, if I were stuck with maintaining X, I might take all the
>questionable help I could get :-) --Mike K.
No, it processes makefile templates called Imakefiles to produce Makefiles
that are customized to your specific code development environment (or in
X parlance, your "World") with all file, command and directory paths and
environment variables set correctly in the Makefile's preamble. Sort of a
makefile equivalent of Larry Wall's old configure.sh project script.
Considering the many different platforms and environments that were being
used for X development, you really needed something like the Imake system
to avoid tripping over your own and everyone else's feet. Of course you
still had to write and maintain the Imakefiles. :^)
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