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IMAKE(1)							      IMAKE(1)

       imake - C preprocessor interface	to the make utility

       imake  [	-Ddefine ] [ -Idir ] [ -Udefine	] [ -Ttemplate ] [ -f filename
       ] [ -C filename ] [ -s filename ] [ -e ]	[ -v ]

       Imake is	used to	generate Makefiles from	a template, a set of cpp macro
       functions,  and	a  per-directory input file called an Imakefile.  This
       allows machine dependencies (such as compiler options,  alternate  com-
       mand  names,  and  special  make	 rules)	 to  be	kept separate from the
       descriptions of the various items to be built.

       The following command line options may be passed	to imake:

	       This option is passed directly to cpp.  It is typically used to
	       set  directory-specific	variables.   For example, the X	Window
	       System used this	flag to	set TOPDIR to the name of  the	direc-
	       tory  containing	the top	of the core distribution and CURDIR to
	       the name	of the current directory, relative to the top.

	       This option is passed directly to cpp.  It is typically used to
	       indicate	the directory in which the imake template and configu-
	       ration files may	be found.

	       This option is passed directly to cpp.  It is typically used to
	       unset variables when debugging imake configuration files.

	       This  option  specifies	the  name  of the master template file
	       (which is usually located in the	directory specified  with  -I)
	       used by cpp.  The default is Imake.tmpl.

       -f filename
	       This option specifies the name of the per-directory input file.
	       The default is Imakefile.

       -C filename
	       This option specifies the name of the  .c  file	that  is  con-
	       structed	in the current directory.  The default is Imakefile.c.

       -s filename
	       This option specifies the name of the make description file  to
	       be  generated  but make should not be invoked.  If the filename
	       is a dash (-), the output is written to stdout.	The default is
	       to generate, but	not execute, a Makefile.

       -e      This  option  indicates	the imake should execute the generated
	       Makefile.  The default is to leave this to the user.

       -v      This option indicates that imake	should print the  cpp  command
	       line that it is using to	generate the Makefile.

       Imake  invokes  cpp  with any -I	or -D flags passed on the command line
       and passes the name of a	file containing	the following 3	lines:

			#define	IMAKE_TEMPLATE "Imake.tmpl"
			#define	INCLUDE_IMAKEFILE <Imakefile>
			#include IMAKE_TEMPLATE

       where Imake.tmpl	and Imakefile may be overridden	by the -T and -f  com-
       mand options, respectively.

       The  IMAKE_TEMPLATE typically reads in a	file containing	machine-depen-
       dent parameters (specified as cpp symbols), a site-specific  parameters
       file,  a	file defining variables, a file	containing cpp macro functions
       for generating make rules, and  finally	the  Imakefile	(specified  by
       INCLUDE_IMAKEFILE)  in  the  current directory.	The Imakefile uses the
       macro functions to indicate what	targets	should be built;  imake	 takes
       care of generating the appropriate rules.

       Imake  configuration  files contain two types of	variables, imake vari-
       ables and make variables.  The imake variables are interpreted  by  cpp
       when  imake is run.  By convention they are mixed case.	The make vari-
       ables are written into the Makefile for later interpretation  by	 make.
       By convention make variables are	upper case.

       The  rules  file	(usually named Imake.rules in the configuration	direc-
       tory) contains a	variety	of cpp macro  functions	 that  are  configured
       according  to  the current platform.  Imake replaces any	occurrences of
       the string ``@@'' with a	newline	to allow  macros  that	generate  more
       than one	line of	make rules.  For example, the macro

	       #define	    program_target(program, objlist)	    @@\
	      program:	      objlist	      @@\
		      $(CC)  -o	 $@  objlist  $(LDFLAGS)

       when called with	program_target(foo, foo1.o  foo2.o) will expand	to

	      foo:    foo1.o  foo2.o
		      $(CC)  -o	 $@  foo1.o  foo2.o  $(LDFLAGS)

       Imake  also  replaces  any  occurrences	of the word ``XCOMM'' with the
       character ``#'' to permit placing  comments  in	the  Makefile  without
       causing ``invalid directive'' errors from the preprocessor.

       Some  complex  imake  macros  require generated make variables local to
       each invocation of the macro, often  because  their  value  depends  on
       parameters passed to the	macro.	Such variables can be created by using
       an imake	variable of the	form XVARdefn, where n is a single  digit.   A
       unique  make  variable  will  be	substituted.  Later occurrences	of the
       variable	XVARusen will be replaced by the variable created by the  cor-
       responding XVARdefn.

       On  systems  whose  cpp	reduces	 multiple  tabs	and spaces to a	single
       space, imake attempts to	put back any  necessary	 tabs  (make  is  very
       picky  about the	difference between tabs	and spaces).  For this reason,
       colons (:) in command lines must	be preceded by a backslash (\).

       The X Window System used	 imake	extensively  up	 through  the  X11R6.9
       release,	for both full builds within the	source tree and	external soft-
       ware.  X	has since moved	to GNU autoconf	and  automake  for  its	 build
       system  in  X11R7.0  and	 later releases, but still maintains imake for
       building	existing external software programs that  have	not  yet  con-

       As  mentioned  above, two special variables, TOPDIR and CURDIR, are set
       to make referencing files using relative	path names easier.  For	 exam-
       ple,  the  following  command  is  generated automatically to build the
       Makefile	in the directory lib/X/	(relative to the top of	the sources):

		   %  ../.././config/imake  -I../.././config  \
			-DTOPDIR=../../.   -DCURDIR=./lib/X
       When building X programs	outside	the source tree, a special symbol Use-
       Installed is defined and	TOPDIR and CURDIR are omitted.	If the config-
       uration files have been properly	installed, the script xmkmf(1) may  be

       Here  is	a summary of the files read by imake as	used by	X.  The	inden-
       tation shows what files include what other files.
		  Imake.tmpl  generic variables
		      site.def	      site-specific, BeforeVendorCF defined
		      *.cf    machine-specific
			  *Lib.rules  shared library rules
		      site.def	      site-specific, AfterVendorCF defined
		      Imake.rules     rules
		      Project.tmpl    X-specific variables
			  *Lib.tmpl   shared library variables
			  Library.tmpl	      library rules
			  Server.tmpl server rules
			  Threads.tmpl	      multi-threaded rules

       Note that site.def gets included	twice, once before the *.cf  file  and
       once  after.   Although	most  site  customizations should be specified
       after the *.cf file, some, such as the choice of	compiler, need	to  be
       specified before, because other variable	settings may depend on them.

       The  first  time	 site.def  is included,	the variable BeforeVendorCF is
       defined,	and the	second time, the variable  AfterVendorCF  is  defined.
       All  code  in site.def should be	inside an #ifdef for one of these sym-

	      temporary	input file for cpp

	      temporary	Makefile for -s

	      temporary	Imakefile if specified Imakefile uses #	comments

	      default C	preprocessor

       make(1),	xmkmf(1)

       Paul DuBois
	      imake-Related	   Software	    and		Documentation,

       Paul DuBois
	      Software	Portability with imake,	Second Edition,	O'Reilly & As-
	      sociates,	1996.

       S. I. Feldman,
	      Make -- A	Program	for Maintaining	Computer Programs

       The following environment variables may be set, however	their  use  is
       not  recommended	 as  they  introduce dependencies that are not readily
       apparent	when imake is run:

	    If defined,	this specifies a ``-I''	include	argument  to  pass  to
	    the	C preprocessor.	 E.g., ``-I/usr/X11/config''.

	    If defined,	this should be a valid path to a preprocessor program.
	    E.g., ``/usr/local/cpp''.  By default, imake will  use  cc	-E  or
	    tradcpp, depending on the OS specific configuration.

	    If defined,	this should be a valid path to a make program, such as
	    ``/usr/local/make''.  By default, imake  will  use	whatever  make
	    program  is	 found using execvp(3).	 This variable is only used if
	    the	``-e'' option is specified.

       Todd Brunhoff, Tektronix	and MIT	Project	Athena;	Jim Fulton, MIT	X Con-

X Version 11			  imake	1.0.7			      IMAKE(1)


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