The make command
command takes macro definitions, options,
description file names, and target file names as
arguments in the form:
$ make [ options ] [ macro definitions and targets ]
The following summary of command operations explains how
these arguments are interpreted.
First, all macro definition arguments (arguments with
symbols) are analyzed
and the assignments made.
Command line macros override corresponding definitions found
in the description files.
Next, the option arguments are examined.
The permissible options are as follows:
The following two fake target names are evaluated in the same manner as
Ignore error codes returned by invoked commands.
This mode is entered if the fake target name
appears in the description file.
Do not print command lines before
This mode is also entered if the fake
appears in the description
Do not use the built-in rules.
No execute mode.
Print commands, but do not
Even lines beginning with an
``@'' sign are printed.
Touch the target files (causing them to be
up to date) rather than issue the usual
The make command returns a zero
or nonzero status code depending on whether
the target file is or is not up to date.
Print out the complete set of macro definitions
and target descriptions.
Abandon work on the current entry if something goes wrong,
but continue on
other branches that do not depend on the current entry.
Environment variables override assignments within makefiles.
Description file name.
The next argument is
assumed to be the name of a description file.
A file name of - denotes the standard
If there are no -f arguments,
the file named makefile, Makefile,
in the current directory is read.
of the description files override the built-in
rules if they are present.
Update, in parallel, more than one target at a time. The number of targets updated
concurrently is determined by the environment variable PARALLEL and the presence
of .MUTEX directives in makefiles.
If a file must be made but there are no explicit commands
or relevant built-in rules, the commands associated with the name
are used if it exists.
Dependents on this target are not removed when quit
or interrupt is pressed.
Finally, the remaining arguments are assumed
to be the names of targets to be made
and the arguments are done in left-to-right order.
If there are no such arguments,
the first name in the description file that does not
begin with the symbol
Dynamic dependency parameters
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