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Action as a prerequisite

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Subject: Action as a prerequisite
Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2005 19:09:19 -0400
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I have a number of sources that I wish to compile into executables. They can all be processed as:

file1: file1.o
        $(CXX) -o $@ $(STUFF) $<

I tried to automate this for files 1-9 by:

EXEC_SRCS := ...
EXECS := $(

$(EXECS): $(addsuffix .o,$@)
        $(CXX) -o $@ $(STUFF) $<

Make won't let me use an action as a prerequisite.  As a test I tried:

$(EXECS): $(addsuffix .o,$@)
        @echo TEST $@
        @echo TEST $(addsuffix .o,$@)
        @echo TEST $<

and when I "make file1" I get

TEST file1
TEST file1.o

Why doesn't this work? Is there a way to automate a list of files like this? I understand I could probably give all the executable files an extension like .t and then use a pattern substitution to process them all. Any way to do this without a special extension?


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