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Re: can't always get make to auto create build directory

From: Paul Smith
Subject: Re: can't always get make to auto create build directory
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:50:38 -0400

On Wed, 2016-06-29 at 14:03 -0400, LMH wrote:
> #create build directory if it doesn't exist
> $(BDIR):
> address@hidden -p $(BDIR)
> all: $(BDIR)/SMD2_i386.exe

Here you've created a target $(BDIR), but your "all" target depends
only on the object file $(BDIR)/SMD2_i386.exe.

Since nothing depends on the actual target $(BDIR), make will never try
to build that target.

In order for this to work you'd need to define the directory as a
prerequisite of the target which needs it, which in this case is
$(BDIR)/SMD2_i386.exe, so you'd need to write:

  $(BDIR)/SMD2_i386.exe : <other prereqs> $(BDIR)

However, you should generally not have targets depend on directories,
because make treats them just like any other file when it checks
modification times; however directories do not act like normal files
when it comes to modification times.

I usually just use:

  $(shell mkdir -p $(BDIR))

but other people prefer order-only prerequisites:

  $(BDIR)/SMD2_i386.exe : <other prereqs> | $(BDIR)

(note the extra "|" there).  Check the GNU make manual for details.

Note these are all specific to GNU make and not portable to other versions of 

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