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How to Run `make'
A makefile that says how to recompile a program can be used in more
than one way. The simplest use is to recompile every file that is out
of date. Usually, makefiles are written so that if you run `make' with
no arguments, it does just that.
But you might want to update only some of the files; you might want
to use a different compiler or different compiler options; you might
want just to find out which files are out of date without changing them.
By giving arguments when you run `make', you can do any of these
things and many others.
The exit status of `make' is always one of three values:
The exit status is zero if `make' is successful.
The exit status is two if `make' encounters any errors. It will
print messages describing the particular errors.
The exit status is one if you use the `-q' flag and `make'
determines that some target is not already up to date. *Note
Instead of Executing the Commands: Instead of Execution.
- Makefile Arguments
- How to specify which makefile to use.
- How to use goal arguments to specify which
parts of the makefile to use.
- Instead of Execution
- How to use mode flags to specify what
kind of thing to do with the commands
in the makefile other than simply
- Avoiding Compilation
- How to avoid recompiling certain files.
- How to override a variable to specify
an alternate compiler and other things.
- How to proceed past some errors, to
- Options Summary
- Summary of Options
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