(make.info)Echoing


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Command Echoing
===============

   Normally `make' prints each command line before it is executed.  We
call this "echoing" because it gives the appearance that you are typing
the commands yourself.

   When a line starts with `@', the echoing of that line is suppressed.
The `@' is discarded before the command is passed to the shell.
Typically you would use this for a command whose only effect is to print
something, such as an `echo' command to indicate progress through the
makefile:

     @echo About to make distribution files

   When `make' is given the flag `-n' or `--just-print', echoing is all
that happens, no execution.  Note: Summary of Options.
In this case and only this case, even the commands starting with `@'
are printed.  This flag is useful for finding out which commands `make'
thinks are necessary without actually doing them.

   The `-s' or `--silent' flag to `make' prevents all echoing, as if
all commands started with `@'.  A rule in the makefile for the special
target `.SILENT' has the same effect (Note: Special Built-in Target
Names.).  `.SILENT' is essentially obsolete since `@'
is more flexible.


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