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Re: 1st action before build

From: Raja R Harinath
Subject: Re: 1st action before build
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 16:59:41 -0500
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Sylvain GIL <address@hidden> writes:

> I have a little issue with What I want to do is to insert
> an action before my program is compiled.
> bin_PROGRAMS = myprog
> myprog_SOURCES = myprog.c myfile.c
> will generate something like:
> myprog: $(myprog_OBJECTS) $(myprog_DEPENDENCIES)
> I would like to do some actions in the same directory just before the
> myprog_OBJECTS dependency is followed or more generally before myprog
> compile start. Is there a way to do so ?
> Without giving too much detail, my 1st source file _can't_ be compiled
> unless a pre-action is done.

OK.  Then express that dependency.

> I found a very ugly way to work around it by adding a "dumb" entry in
> bin_PROGRAMS before myprog and overriding its target but it looks like
> evil :)

It also won't work with parallel makes.

If you need to do something before compiling myprog.o, express that
dependency.  For examply, if 'foo.h' is a file that needs to exist
before myprog.c can be compiled, use the following line in your

  myprog.o: foo.h

If there's a "pre-action" which is not a header file, you can do:

        do pre-action stuff
        echo timestamp > stamp-pre-action

  myprog.o: stamp-pre-action

- Hari
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