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Re: Create a custom target

From: Tavian Barnes
Subject: Re: Create a custom target
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 11:45:23 -0600

Okay, but how do I then get automake to handle the compilation?  I
don't want to type in the compilation commands myself; that's what
automake is for.  If I add the benchmarking program to
noinst_PROGRAMS, it compiles when 'make' is run, rather than only when
'make bench' is run.  Also, when I wrote a custom target in
bench/, the root makefile didn't seem to notice, and
running make bench from the root of the project simply gave "make:
Nothing to be done for `bench'."

On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 1:59 AM, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Tavian,
> * Tavian Barnes wrote on Sun, Jul 06, 2008 at 07:28:30AM CEST:
>> Hi, guys.  I have a question: how do I create a custom target, and
>> selectively compile some code, and run the compiled executable, when
>> this target is chosen?  Specifically, I have a benchmarking suite for
>> a library I wrote, and I want to compile the code in the bench/
>> directory, and run the executable, when the user types 'make bench'.
>> I tried looking this up in the manual, but couldn't find it; sorry if
>> I missed something obvious.
> Most of the text is copied verbatim into the
> (and from there into the Makefile).  So if you want to add custom
> targets, just write plain make rules:
> bench: prerequisites...
>        ... compile
>        ...
> .PHONY: bench
> Cheers,
> Ralf

Tavian Barnes

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