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Re: Creating an advanced build system

From: John Graham-Cumming
Subject: Re: Creating an advanced build system
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 15:38:03 -0400

On Thu, 2005-05-26 at 20:13 +0100, Brendan Heading wrote:
> Are there any "best way to write a makefile for a large project" type 
> documents available ?

I recommend that you have available to you:

1. The GNU Make documentation (I like the FSF book on GNU Make because
it's small and complete)

2. "Managing Projects with GNU Make" (Mecklenburg/O'Reilly) (full of
good advice)

And for a quick read you might want to look at my January 2005 DDJ
article on "Cross Platform Builds".  Ignore the cross-platform bit, it
describes a non-recursive build system that might suit your needs.  Or
get the July Linux Magazine (coming soon!) and read "Recursive Make

The DDJ article is archived here: http://www.electric-

John Graham-Cumming

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