I believe I have found a bug in the online Internet web pages for "make".
I am looking at
I see the following two paragraphs, each of which has the same basic error:
"Before recompiling an object file,
make considers updating its prerequisites,
the source file and header files. This makefile does not specify
be done for them—the ‘.c’ and ‘.h’ files are not the targets of any
make does nothing for these files. But make would update automatically
C programs, such as those made by Bison or Yacc, by their own rules at
"After recompiling whichever
object files need it, make decides whether to relink
edit. This must be done if the file edit does not exist, or if any of
files are newer than it. If an object file was just recompiled,
it is now newer
than edit, so edit is relinked. "
The Problem is: The system does NOT "recompile an object file"
The system compiles and/or recompiles source code files.
I suggest that you change the wording to say something to
the effect of:
... when the system recompiles source files or relinks
requisite object files in order to generate a new
object file ..."