Managing Projects with GNU Make [NOOK Book]

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The utility simply known as make is one of the most enduring features of both Unix and other operating systems. First invented in the 1970s, make still turns up to this day as the central engine in most programming projects; it even builds the Linux kernel. In the third edition of the classic Managing Projects with GNU make, readers will learn why this utility continues to hold its top position in project build software, despite many younger competitors.The premise behind make is simple: after you change source ...

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Managing Projects with GNU Make

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Overview

The utility simply known as make is one of the most enduring features of both Unix and other operating systems. First invented in the 1970s, make still turns up to this day as the central engine in most programming projects; it even builds the Linux kernel. In the third edition of the classic Managing Projects with GNU make, readers will learn why this utility continues to hold its top position in project build software, despite many younger competitors.The premise behind make is simple: after you change source files and want to rebuild your program or other output files, make checks timestamps to see what has changed and rebuilds just what you need, without wasting time rebuilding other files. But on top of this simple principle, make layers a rich collection of options that lets you manipulate multiple directories, build different versions of programs for different platforms, and customize your builds in other ways.This edition focuses on the GNU version of make, which has deservedly become the industry standard. GNU make contains powerful extensions that are explored in this book. It is also popular because it is free software and provides a version for almost every platform, including a version for Microsoft Windows as part of the free Cygwin project. Managing Projects with GNU make, 3rd Edition provides guidelines on meeting the needs of large, modern projects. Also added are a number of interesting advanced topics such as portability, parallelism, and use with Java.Robert Mecklenburg, author of the third edition, has used make for decades with a variety of platforms and languages. In this book he zealously lays forth how to get your builds to be as efficient as possible, reduce maintenance, avoid errors, and thoroughly understand what make is doing. Chapters on C++ and Java provide makefile entries optimized for projects in those languages. The author even includes a discussion of the makefile used to build the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596552541
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/19/2004
  • Series: Nutshell Handbooks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,287,030
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Mecklenburg began using Unix as a student in 1977 and has been programming professionally for 23 years. His make experience started in 1982 at NASA with Unix version 7. Robert received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1991. Since then, he has worked in many fields ranging from mechanical CAD to bioinformatics, and he brings his extensive experience in C++, Java, and Lisp to bear on the problems of project management with make.

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Table of Contents

1 How to write a simple makefile 3
2 Rules 10
3 Variables and macros 41
4 Functions 61
5 Commands 88
6 Managing large projects 107
7 Portable makefiles 129
8 C and C++ 141
9 Java 159
10 Improving the performance of make 182
11 Example makefiles 196
12 Debugging makefiles 229
App. A Running make 249
App. B The outer limits 252
App. C GNU free documentation license - GNU project - Free Software Foundation (FSF) 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    best for large projects

    In the unix and linux world, make is often the key command at the operating system level when developing a complex application. Where the source for the application often (and indeed should) reside in several directories. While also too in the Microsoft operating systems, GNU offers make. The standard online man pages are too terse for understanding fully what make can do. Thus this book. It shows the complexity inherent within the make syntax. Added over 20 years, because they were found useful by many. But ironically, this increased power came at a cost of harder learning and usage. Nonetheless, it may well be worth your while to study sections of the book. Especially the chapter on managing large projects. Experienced developers know that that is when make is truly invaluable. You often have deep directory trees, and each source directory having its own Makefile, that calls those in lower directories. Plus, the ability to only compile what has been changed is a huge time saver.

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