Managing Projects with GNU Make

ISBN-10: 0596006101

ISBN-13: 9780596006105

Edition: 3rd 2004

Authors: Robert Mecklenburg, Andy Oram, Steve Talbott

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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 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 asefficient 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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List price: $39.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Basic Concepts
How to Write a Simple Makefile
Targets and Prerequisites
Dependency Checking
Minimizing Rebuilds
Invoking make
Basic Makefile Syntax
Explicit Rules
Finding Files with VPATH and vpath
Pattern Rules
The Implicit Rules Database
Special Targets
Automatic Dependency Generation
Managing Libraries
Variables and Macros
What Variables Are Used For
Variable Types
When Variables Are Expanded
Target- and Pattern-Specific Variables
Where Variables Come From
Conditional and include Processing
Standard make Variables
User-Defined Functions
Built-in Functions
Advanced User-Defined Functions
Parsing Commands
Which Shell to Use
Empty Commands
Command Environment
Evaluating Commands
Command-Line Limits
Advanced and Specialized Topics
Managing Large Projects
Recursive make
Nonrecursive make
Components of Large Systems
Filesystem Layout
Automating Builds and Testing
Portable Makefiles
Portability Issues
Managing Programs and Files
Working with Nonportable Tools
C and C++
Separating Source and Binary
Read-Only Source
Dependency Generation
Supporting Multiple Binary Trees
Partial Source Trees
Reference Builds, Libraries, and Installers
Alternatives to make
A Generic Java Makefile
Compiling Java
Managing Jars
Reference Trees and Third-Party Jars
Enterprise JavaBeans
Improving the Performance of make
Identifying and Handling Bottlenecks
Parallel make
Distributed make
Example Makefiles
The Book Makefile
The Linux Kernel Makefile
Debugging Makefiles
Debugging Features of make
Writing Code for Debugging
Common Error Messages
Running make
The Outer Limits
GNU Free Documentation License-GNU Project-Free Software Foundation (FSF)
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