Skip site navigation (1)Skip section navigation (2)

FreeBSD Manual Pages


home | help
MAKE(1)                 FreeBSD General Commands Manual                MAKE(1)

     make -- maintain program dependencies

     make [-ABPSXeiknqrstv] [-C directory] [-D variable] [-d flags]
          [-E variable] [-f makefile] [-I directory] [-j max_jobs]
          [-m directory] [-V variable] [-x warning_options] [variable=value]
          [target ...]

     The make utility is a program designed to simplify the maintenance of
     other programs.  Its input is a list of specifications describing depen-
     dency relationships between the generation of files and programs.

     First of all, the initial list of specifications will be read from the
     system makefile,, unless inhibited with the -r option.  The stan-
     dard as shipped with FreeBSD also handles make.conf(5), the
     default path to which can be altered via the make variable __MAKE_CONF.

     Then the first of BSDmakefile, makefile, and Makefile that can be found
     in the current directory, object directory (see .OBJDIR), or search path
     (see the -I option) will be read for the main list of dependency specifi-
     cations.  A different makefile or list of them can be supplied via the -f
     option(s).  Finally, if the file .depend can be found in any of the
     aforesaid locations, it will also be read (see mkdep(1)).

     When make searches for a makefile, its name takes precedence over its
     location.  For instance, BSDmakefile in the object directory will be
     favored over Makefile in the current directory.

     The options are as follows:

     -A      Make archive errors non-fatal, causing make to just skip the
             remainder or all of the archive and continue after printing a

     -B      Try to be backwards compatible by executing a single shell per
             command and by executing the commands to make the sources of a
             dependency line in sequence.  This is turned on by default unless
             -j is used.

     -C directory
             Change to directory before reading the makefiles or doing any-
             thing else.  If multiple -C options are specified, each is inter-
             preted relative to the previous one: -C / -C etc is equivalent to
             -C /etc.

     -D variable
             Define variable to be 1, in the global context.

     -d flags
             Turn on debugging, and specify which portions of make are to
             print debugging information.  Argument flags is one or more of
             the following:

             A       Print all possible debugging information; equivalent to
                     specifying all of the debugging flags.

             a       Print debugging information about archive searching and

             c       Print debugging information about conditional evaluation.

             d       Print debugging information about directory searching and

             f       Print debugging information about the execution of for

             g1      Print the input graph before making anything.

             g2      Print the input graph after making everything, or before
                     exiting on error.

             j       Print debugging information about running multiple

             l       Print commands in Makefiles regardless of whether or not
                     they are prefixed by @ or other "quiet" flags.  Also
                     known as "loud" behavior.

             m       Print debugging information about making targets, includ-
                     ing modification dates.

             s       Print debugging information about suffix-transformation

             t       Print debugging information about target list mainte-

             v       Print debugging information about variable assignment.

     -E variable
             Specify a variable whose environment value (if any) will override
             macro assignments within makefiles.

     -e      Specify that environment values override macro assignments within
             makefiles for all variables.

     -f makefile
             Specify a makefile to read instead of the default one.  If
             makefile is not an absolute pathname, make will search for it as
             described above.  In case makefile is `-', standard input is
             read.  Multiple -f options can be supplied, and the makefiles
             will be read in that order.

     -I directory
             Specify a directory in which to search for makefiles and included
             makefiles.  Multiple -I options can be specified to form a search
             path.  The system makefile directory (or directories, see the -m
             option) is automatically appended at the tail of this path.

     -i      Ignore non-zero exit of shell commands in the makefile.  Equiva-
             lent to specifying `-' before each command line in the makefile.

     -j max_jobs
             Specify the maximum number of jobs that make may have running at
             any one time.  Turns compatibility mode off, unless the B flag is
             also specified.

     -k      Continue processing after errors are encountered, but only on
             those targets that do not depend on the target whose creation
             caused the error.

     -m directory
             Specify a directory in which to search for the system makefile
             and makefiles included via the <...> style.  Multiple -m options
             can be specified to form a search path.  This path will override
             the default system include path, /usr/share/mk.  The system
             include path will always be appended to the search path used for
             "..."-style inclusions and makefile searches (see the -I option).

     -n      Display the commands that would have been executed, but do not
             actually execute them.

     -P      Collate the output of a given job and display it only when the
             job finishes, instead of mixing the output of parallel jobs
             together.  This option has no effect unless -j is used too.

     -q      Do not execute any commands, but exit 0 if the specified targets
             are up-to-date and 1, otherwise.

     -r      Do not process the system makefile.

     -S      Stop processing when an error is encountered.  Default behaviour.
             This is needed to negate the -k option during recursive builds.

     -s      Do not echo any commands as they are executed.  Equivalent to
             specifying `@' before each command line in the makefile.

     -t      Rather than re-building a target as specified in the makefile,
             create it or update its modification time to make it appear up-

     -V variable
             Print make's idea of the value of variable, in the global con-
             text.  Do not build any targets.  Multiple instances of this
             option may be specified; the variables will be printed one per
             line, with a blank line for each null or undefined variable.

     -v      Be extra verbose.  For multi-job makes, this will cause file ban-
             ners to be generated.

     -X      When using the -V option to print the values of variables, do not
             recursively expand the values.

             Set the value of the variable variable to value.

     -x warning_options
             Specify extended warning options.  This option may be specified
             several times.  A warning_option can be prefixed with ``no'' in
             which case the warning is switched off.  The currently available
             options are:

                     Warn if anything except blanks and comments follows an
                     .endif or .else directive.

             See also the .WARN special target.

     There are seven different types of lines in a makefile: file dependency
     specifications, shell commands, variable assignments, include statements,
     conditional directives, for loops, and comments.

     In general, lines may be continued from one line to the next by ending
     them with a backslash (`\').  The trailing newline character and initial
     whitespace on the following line are compressed into a single space.

     Dependency lines consist of one or more targets, an operator, and zero or
     more sources.  This creates a relationship where the targets ``depend''
     on the sources and are usually created from them.  The exact relationship
     between the target and the source is determined by the operator that sep-
     arates them.  The three operators are as follows:

     :     A target is considered out-of-date if its modification time is less
           than those of any of its sources.  Sources for a target accumulate
           over dependency lines when this operator is used.  The target is
           removed if make is interrupted.

     !     Targets are always re-created, but not until all sources have been
           examined and re-created as necessary.  Sources for a target accumu-
           late over dependency lines when this operator is used.  The target
           is removed if make is interrupted.

     ::    If no sources are specified, the target is always re-created.  Oth-
           erwise, a target is considered out-of-date if any of its sources
           has been modified more recently than the target.  Sources for a
           target do not accumulate over dependency lines when this operator
           is used.  The target will not be removed if make is interrupted.

     Targets and sources may contain the shell wildcard expressions `?', `*',
     `[]' and `{}'.  The expressions `?', `*' and `[]' may only be used as
     part of the final component of the target or source, and must be used to
     describe existing files.  The expression `{}' need not necessarily be
     used to describe existing files.  Expansion is in directory order, not
     alphabetically as done in the shell.

     Each target may have associated with it a series of shell commands, nor-
     mally used to create the target.  Each of the commands in this script
     must be preceded by a tab.  While any target may appear on a dependency
     line, only one of these dependencies may be followed by a creation
     script, unless the `::' operator is used.

     If the first characters of the command line are `@', `-', and/or `+', the
     command is treated specially.  A `@' causes the command not to be echoed
     before it is executed.  A `-' causes any non-zero exit status of the com-
     mand line to be ignored.  A `+' causes the command to be executed even if
     -n is specified on the command line.

     Variables in make are much like variables in the shell, and, by tradi-
     tion, consist of all upper-case letters.  The five operators that can be
     used to assign values to variables are as follows:

     =       Assign the value to the variable.  Any previous value is overrid-

     +=      Append the value to the current value of the variable.

     ?=      Assign the value to the variable if it is not already defined.

     :=      Assign with expansion, i.e., expand the value before assigning it
             to the variable.  Normally, expansion is not done until the vari-
             able is referenced.

     !=      Expand the value and pass it to the shell for execution and
             assign the result to the variable.  Any newlines in the result
             are replaced with spaces.

     Any whitespace before the assigned value is removed; if the value is
     being appended, a single space is inserted between the previous contents
     of the variable and the appended value.

     Variables are expanded by surrounding the variable name with either curly
     braces (`{}') or parentheses (`()') and preceding it with a dollar sign
     (`$').  If the variable name contains only a single letter, the surround-
     ing braces or parentheses are not required.  This shorter form is not

     Variable substitution occurs at two distinct times, depending on where
     the variable is being used.  Variables in dependency lines are expanded
     as the line is read.  Variables in shell commands are expanded when the
     shell command is executed.

     The four different classes of variables (in order of increasing prece-
     dence) are:

     Environment variables
             Variables defined as part of make's environment.

     Global variables
             Variables defined in the makefile or in included makefiles.

     Command line variables
             Variables defined as part of the command line and variables
             obtained from the MAKEFLAGS environment variable or the
             .MAKEFLAGS target.

     Local variables
             Variables that are defined specific to a certain target.  The
             seven local variables are as follows:

             .ALLSRC   The list of all sources for this target; also known as

             .ARCHIVE  The name of the archive file; also known as `!'.

             .IMPSRC   The name/path of the source from which the target is to
                       be transformed (the ``implied'' source); also known as

             .MEMBER   The name of the archive member; also known as `%'.

             .OODATE   The list of sources for this target that were deemed
                       out-of-date; also known as `?'.

             .PREFIX   The file prefix of the file, containing only the file
                       portion, no suffix or preceding directory components;
                       also known as `*'.

             .TARGET   The name of the target; also known as `@'.

             The shorter forms `@', `!', `_', `%', `?', `_', and `*' are per-
             mitted for backward compatibility and are not recommended.  The
             six variables `@F', `@D', `_F', `_D', `*F', and `*D' are permit-
             ted for compatibility with AT&T System V UNIX makefiles and are
             not recommended.

             Four of the local variables may be used in sources on dependency
             lines because they expand to the proper value for each target on
             the line.  These variables are .TARGET, .PREFIX, .ARCHIVE, and

     In addition, make sets or knows about the following internal variables or
     environment variables:

     $               A single dollar sign `$', i.e. `$$' expands to a single
                     dollar sign.

     MAKE            The name that make was executed with (argv[0]).

     .CURDIR         A path to the directory where make was executed.  The
                     make utility sets .CURDIR to the canonical path given by

     .OBJDIR         A path to the directory where the targets are built.  At
                     startup, make searches for an alternate directory to
                     place target files.  It will attempt to change into this
                     special directory and will search this directory for
                     makefiles not found in the current directory.  The fol-
                     lowing directories are tried in order:

                     1.   ${MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX}/`pwd`
                     2.   ${MAKEOBJDIR}
                     3.   obj.${MACHINE}
                     4.   obj
                     5.   /usr/obj/`pwd`

                     The first directory that make successfully changes into
                     is used.  If either MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX or MAKEOBJDIR is set
                     in the environment but make is unable to change into the
                     corresponding directory, then the current directory is
                     used without checking the remainder of the list.  If they
                     are undefined and make is unable to change into any of
                     the remaining three directories, then the current direc-
                     tory is used.  Note, that MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX and MAKEOBJDIR
                     must be environment variables and should not be set on
                     make's command line.

                     The make utility sets .OBJDIR to the canonical path given
                     by getcwd(3).

     .MAKEFILE_LIST  As make reads various makefiles, including the default
                     files and any obtained from the command line and .include
                     directives, their names will be automatically appended to
                     the .MAKEFILE_LIST variable.  They are added right before
                     make begins to parse them, so that the name of the cur-
                     rent makefile is the last word in this variable.

     .MAKEFLAGS      The environment variable MAKEFLAGS may contain anything
                     that may be specified on make's command line.  Its con-
                     tents are stored in make's .MAKEFLAGS variable.  All
                     options and variable assignments specified on make's com-
                     mand line are appended to the .MAKEFLAGS variable which
                     is then entered into the environment as MAKEFLAGS for all
                     programs which make executes.  By modifying the contents
                     of the .MAKEFLAGS variable, makefile can alter the con-
                     tents of the MAKEFLAGS environment variable made avail-
                     able for all programs which make executes; compare with
                     the .MAKEFLAGS special target below.

                     When passing macro definitions and flag arguments in the
                     MAKEFLAGS environment variable, space and tab characters
                     are quoted by preceding them with a backslash.  When
                     reading the MAKEFLAGS variable from the environment, all
                     sequences of a backslash and one of space or tab are
                     replaced just with their second character without causing
                     a word break.  Any other occurrences of a backslash are
                     retained.  Groups of unquoted space, tab and newline
                     characters cause word breaking.

     MFLAGS          This variable is provided for backward compatibility and
                     contains all the options from the MAKEFLAGS environment
                     variable plus any options specified on make's command

     .TARGETS        List of targets make is currently building.

     .INCLUDES       See .INCLUDES special target.

     .LIBS           See .LIBS special target.

     MACHINE         Name of the machine architecture make is running on,
                     obtained from the MACHINE environment variable, or
                     through uname(3) if not defined.

     MACHINE_ARCH    Name of the machine architecture make was compiled for,
                     defined at compilation time.

     VPATH           Makefiles may assign a colon-delimited list of directo-
                     ries to VPATH.  These directories will be searched for
                     source files by make after it has finished parsing all
                     input makefiles.

     Variable expansion may be modified to select or modify each word of the
     variable (where a ``word'' is whitespace-delimited sequence of charac-
     ters).  The general format of a variable expansion is as follows:


     Each modifier begins with a colon and one of the following special char-
     acters.  The colon may be escaped with a backslash (`\').

                 Modify each word of the value, substituting every match of
                 the extended regular expression pattern (see re_format(7))
                 with the ed(1)-style replacement string.  Normally, the first
                 occurrence of the pattern in each word of the value is
                 changed.  The `1' modifier causes the substitution to apply
                 to at most one word; the `g' modifier causes the substitution
                 to apply to as many instances of the search pattern as occur
                 in the word or words it is found in.  Note that `1' and `g'
                 are orthogonal; the former specifies whether multiple words
                 are potentially affected, the latter whether multiple substi-
                 tutions can potentially occur within each affected word.

     E           Replaces each word in the variable with its suffix.

     H           Replaces each word in the variable with everything but the
                 last component.

     L           Converts variable to lower-case letters.

     Mpattern    Select only those words that match the rest of the modifier.
                 The standard shell wildcard characters (`*', `?', and `[]')
                 may be used.  The wildcard characters may be escaped with a
                 backslash (`\').

     Npattern    This is identical to M, but selects all words which do not
                 match the rest of the modifier.

     O           Order every word in the variable alphabetically.

     Q           Quotes every shell meta-character in the variable, so that it
                 can be passed safely through recursive invocations of make.

     R           Replaces each word in the variable with everything but its

                 Modify the first occurrence of old_string in each word of the
                 variable's value, replacing it with new_string.  If a `g' is
                 appended to the last slash of the pattern, all occurrences in
                 each word are replaced.  If old_string begins with a caret
                 (`^'), old_string is anchored at the beginning of each word.
                 If old_string ends with a dollar sign (`$'), it is anchored
                 at the end of each word.  Inside new_string, an ampersand
                 (`&') is replaced by old_string.  Any character may be used
                 as a delimiter for the parts of the modifier string.  The
                 anchoring, ampersand, and delimiter characters may be escaped
                 with a backslash (`\').

                 Variable expansion occurs in the normal fashion inside both
                 old_string and new_string with the single exception that a
                 backslash is used to prevent the expansion of a dollar sign
                 (`$'), not a preceding dollar sign as is usual.

                 This is the AT&T System V UNIX style variable substitution.
                 It must be the last modifier specified.  If old_string or
                 new_string do not contain the pattern matching character %
                 then it is assumed that they are anchored at the end of each
                 word, so only suffixes or entire words may be replaced.  Oth-
                 erwise % is the substring of old_string to be replaced in

     T           Replaces each word in the variable with its last component.

     U           Converts variable to upper-case letters.

     Directives, conditionals, and for loops reminiscent of the C programming
     language are provided in make.  All such structures are identified by a
     line beginning with a single dot (`.') character.  The following direc-
     tives are supported:

     .include _file_

     .include "file"
             Include the specified makefile.  Variables between the angle
             brackets or double quotes are expanded to form the file name.  If
             angle brackets are used, the included makefile is expected to be
             in the system makefile directory.  If double quotes are used, the
             including makefile's directory and any directories specified
             using the -I option are searched before the system makefile

     .undef variable
             Un-define the specified global variable.  Only global variables
             may be un-defined.

     .error message
             Terminate processing of the makefile immediately.  The filename
             of the makefile, the line on which the error was encountered and
             the specified message are printed to the standard error output
             and make terminates with exit code 1.  Variables in the message
             are expanded.

     .warning message
             Emit a warning message.  The filename of the makefile, the line
             on which the warning was encountered, and the specified message
             are printed to the standard error output.  Variables in the mes-
             sage are expanded.

     Conditionals are used to determine which parts of the Makefile to
     process.  They are used similarly to the conditionals supported by the C
     pre-processor.  The following conditionals are supported:

     .if [!]expression [operator expression ...]
             Test the value of an expression.

     .ifdef [!]variable [operator variable ...]
             Test the value of a variable.

     .ifndef [!]variable [operator variable ...]
             Test the value of a variable.

     .ifmake [!]target [operator target ...]
             Test the target being built.

     .ifnmake [!]target [operator target ...]
             Test the target being built.

     .else   Reverse the sense of the last conditional.

     .elif [!]expression [operator expression ...]
             A combination of .else followed by .if.

     .elifdef [!]variable [operator variable ...]
             A combination of .else followed by .ifdef.

     .elifndef [!]variable [operator variable ...]
             A combination of .else followed by .ifndef.

     .elifmake [!]target [operator target ...]
             A combination of .else followed by .ifmake.

     .elifnmake [!]target [operator target ...]
             A combination of .else followed by .ifnmake.

     .endif  End the body of the conditional.

     The operator may be any one of the following:

     ||     logical OR

     &&     Logical AND; of higher precedence than `||'.

     As in C, make will only evaluate a conditional as far as is necessary to
     determine its value.  Parentheses may be used to change the order of
     evaluation.  The boolean operator `!' may be used to logically negate an
     entire conditional.  It is of higher precedence than `&&'.

     The value of expression may be any of the following:

     defined     Takes a variable name as an argument and evaluates to true if
                 the variable has been defined.

     make        Takes a target name as an argument and evaluates to true if
                 the target was specified as part of make's command line or
                 was declared the default target (either implicitly or explic-
                 itly, see .MAIN) before the line containing the conditional.

     empty       Takes a variable, with possible modifiers, and evaluates to
                 true if the expansion of the variable would result in an
                 empty string.

     exists      Takes a file name as an argument and evaluates to true if the
                 file exists.  The file is searched for on the system search
                 path (see .PATH).

     target      Takes a target name as an argument and evaluates to true if
                 the target has been defined.

     An expression may also be an arithmetic or string comparison, with the
     left-hand side being a variable expansion.  Variable expansion is per-
     formed on both sides of the comparison, after which the integral values
     are compared.  A value is interpreted as hexadecimal if it is preceded by
     0x, otherwise it is decimal; octal numbers are not supported.  The stan-
     dard C relational operators are all supported.  If after variable expan-
     sion, either the left or right hand side of a `==' or `!=' operator is
     not an integral value, then string comparison is performed between the
     expanded variables.  If no relational operator is given, it is assumed
     that the expanded variable is being compared against 0.

     When make is evaluating one of these conditional expressions, and it
     encounters a word it does not recognize, either the ``make'' or
     ``defined'' expression is applied to it, depending on the form of the
     conditional.  If the form is .if, .ifdef or .ifndef, the ``defined''
     expression is applied.  Similarly, if the form is .ifmake or .ifnmake,
     the ``make'' expression is applied.

     If the conditional evaluates to true the parsing of the makefile contin-
     ues as before.  If it evaluates to false, the following lines are
     skipped.  In both cases this continues until a .else or .endif is found.

     For loops are typically used to apply a set of rules to a list of files.
     The syntax of a for loop is:

     .for variable in expression

     After the for expression is evaluated, it is split into words.  The iter-
     ation variable is successively set to each word, and substituted in the
     make-rules inside the body of the for loop.

     Comments begin with a hash (`#') character, anywhere but in a shell com-
     mand line, and continue to the end of the line.

     .IGNORE     Ignore any errors from the commands associated with this tar-
                 get, exactly as if they all were preceded by a dash (`-').

     .MAKE       Execute the commands associated with this target even if the
                 -n or -t options were specified.  Normally used to mark
                 recursive make's.

     .NOTMAIN    Normally make selects the first target it encounters as the
                 default target to be built if no target was specified.  This
                 source prevents this target from being selected.

     .OPTIONAL   If a target is marked with this attribute and make cannot
                 figure out how to create it, it will ignore this fact and
                 assume the file is not needed or already exists.

     .PRECIOUS   When make is interrupted, it removes any partially made tar-
                 gets.  This source prevents the target from being removed.

     .SILENT     Do not echo any of the commands associated with this target,
                 exactly as if they all were preceded by an at sign (`@').

     .USE        Turn the target into make's version of a macro.  When the
                 target is used as a source for another target, the other tar-
                 get acquires the commands, sources, and attributes (except
                 for .USE) of the source.  If the target already has commands,
                 the .USE target's commands are appended to them.

     .WAIT       If special .WAIT source is appears in a dependency line, the
                 sources that precede it are made before the sources that suc-
                 ceed it in the line.  Loops are not being detected and tar-
                 gets that form loops will be silently ignored.

     Special targets may not be included with other targets, i.e., they must
     be the only target specified.

     .BEGIN      Any command lines attached to this target are executed before
                 anything else is done.

     .DEFAULT    This is sort of a .USE rule for any target (that was used
                 only as a source) that make cannot figure out any other way
                 to create.  Only the shell script is used.  The .IMPSRC vari-
                 able of a target that inherits .DEFAULT's commands is set to
                 the target's own name.

     .END        Any command lines attached to this target are executed after
                 everything else is done.

     .IGNORE     Mark each of the sources with the .IGNORE attribute.  If no
                 sources are specified, this is the equivalent of specifying
                 the -i option.

     .INCLUDES   A list of suffixes that indicate files that can be included
                 in a source file.  The suffix must have already been declared
                 with .SUFFIXES; any suffix so declared will have the directo-
                 ries on its search path (see .PATH) placed in the .INCLUDES
                 special variable, each preceded by a -I flag.

     .INTERRUPT  If make is interrupted, the commands for this target will be

     .LIBS       This does for libraries what .INCLUDES does for include
                 files, except that the flag used is -L.

     .MAIN       If no target is specified when make is invoked, this target
                 will be built.  This is always set, either explicitly, or
                 implicitly when make selects the default target, to give the
                 user a way to refer to the default target on the command

     .MAKEFLAGS  This target provides a way to specify flags for make when the
                 makefile is used.  The flags are as if typed to the shell,
                 though the -f option will have no effect.  Flags (except for
                 -f) and variable assignments specified as the source for this
                 target are also appended to the .MAKEFLAGS internal variable.
                 Please note the difference between this target and the
                 .MAKEFLAGS internal variable: specifying an option or vari-
                 able assignment as the source for this target will affect
                 both the current makefile and all processes that make exe-

     .MFLAGS     Same as above, for backward compatibility.

                 Disable parallel mode.

                 Same as above, for compatibility with other pmake variants.

     .ORDER      The named targets are made in sequence.

     .PATH       The sources are directories which are to be searched for
                 files not found in the current directory.  If no sources are
                 specified, any previously specified directories are deleted.
                 Where possible, use of .PATH is preferred over use of the
                 VPATH variable.

                 The sources are directories which are to be searched for suf-
                 fixed files not found in the current directory.  The make
                 utility first searches the suffixed search path, before
                 reverting to the default path if the file is not found there.
                 This form is required for .LIBS and .INCLUDES to work.

     .PHONY      Apply the .PHONY attribute to any specified sources.  Targets
                 with this attribute are always considered to be out of date.

     .PRECIOUS   Apply the .PRECIOUS attribute to any specified sources.  If
                 no sources are specified, the .PRECIOUS attribute is applied
                 to every target in the file.

     .SHELL      Select another shell.  The sources of this target have the
                 format key=value.  The key is one of:

                 path       Specify the path to the new shell.

                 name       Specify the name of the new shell.  This may be
                            either one of the three builtin shells (see below)
                            or any other name.

                 quiet      Specify the shell command to turn echoing off.

                 echo       Specify the shell command to turn echoing on.

                 filter     Usually shells print the echo off command before
                            turning echoing off.  This is the exact string
                            that will be printed by the shell and is used to
                            filter the shell output to remove the echo off

                 echoFlag   The shell option that turns echoing on.

                 errFlag    The shell option to turn on error checking.  If
                            error checking is on, the shell should exit if a
                            command returns a non-zero status.

                 hasErrCtl  True if the shell has error control.

                 check      If hasErrCtl is true then this is the shell com-
                            mand to turn error checking on.  If hasErrCtl is
                            false then this is a command template to echo com-
                            mands for which error checking is disabled.  The
                            template must contain a `%s'.

                 ignore     If hasErrCtl is true, this is the shell command to
                            turn error checking off.  If hasErrCtl is false,
                            this is a command template to execute a command so
                            that errors are ignored.  The template must con-
                            tain a `%s'.

                 meta       This is a string of meta characters of the shell.

                 builtins   This is a string holding all the shell's builtin
                            commands separated by blanks.  The meta and
                            builtins strings are used in compat mode.  When a
                            command line contains neither a meta character nor
                            starts with a shell builtin, it is executed
                            directly without invoking a shell.  When one of
                            these strings (or both) is empty all commands are
                            executed through a shell.

                 unsetenv   If true, remove the ENV environment variable
                            before executing any command.  This is useful for
                            the Korn-shell (ksh).

                 Values that are strings must be surrounded by double quotes.
                 Boolean values are specified as `T' or `Y' (in either case)
                 to mean true.  Any other value is taken to mean false.

                 There are several uses of the .SHELL target:

                 +o   Selecting one of the builtin shells.  This is done by
                     just specifying the name of the shell with the name key-
                     word.  It is also possible to modify the parameters of
                     the builtin shell by just specifying other keywords
                     (except for path).

                 +o   Using another executable for one of the builtin shells.
                     This is done by specifying the path to the executable
                     with the path keyword.  If the last component is the same
                     as the name of the builtin shell, no name needs to be
                     specified; if it is different, the name must be given:

                           .SHELL: path="/usr/local/bin/sh"

                     selects the builtin shell ``sh'' but will execute it from
                     /usr/local/bin/sh.  Like in the previous case, it is pos-
                     sible to modify parameters of the builtin shell by just
                     specifying them.

                 +o   Using an entirely different shell.  This is done by spec-
                     ifying all keywords.

                 The builtin shells are ``sh'', ``csh'' and ``ksh''.  Because
                 FreeBSD has no ksh in /bin, it is unwise to specify
                 name="ksh" without also specifying a path.

     .SILENT     Apply the .SILENT attribute to any specified sources.  If no
                 sources are specified, the .SILENT attribute is applied to
                 every command in the file.

     .SUFFIXES   Each source specifies a suffix to make.  If no sources are
                 specified, any previous specified suffices are deleted.

     .WARN       Each source specifies a warning flag as previously described
                 for the -x command line option.  Warning flags specified on
                 the command line take precedence over flags specified in the
                 makefile.  Also, command line warning flags are pushed to
                 sub-makes through the MAKEFLAGS environment variables so that
                 a warning flag specified on the command line will influence
                 all sub-makes.  Several flags can be specified on a single
                 .WARN target by seperating them with blanks.

     The make utility uses the following environment variables, if they exist:

     .depend                     list of dependencies
     Makefile                    list of dependencies
     makefile                    list of dependencies
     obj                         object directory                      system makefile
     /usr/share/mk               default system makefile directory
     /usr/share/doc/psd/12.make  PMake tutorial
     /usr/obj                    default MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX directory.
     /etc/make.conf              default path to make.conf(5)

     List all included makefiles in order visited:

           make -V .MAKEFILE_LIST | tr \  \\n

     Older versions of make used MAKE instead of MAKEFLAGS.  This was removed
     for POSIX compatibility.  The internal variable MAKE is set to the same
     value as .MAKE; support for this may be removed in the future.

     Most of the more esoteric features of make should probably be avoided for
     greater compatibility.

     mkdep(1), make.conf(5)

     PMake - A Tutorial.  in /usr/share/doc/psd/12.make

     A make command appeared in PWB UNIX.

     The determination of .OBJDIR is contorted to the point of absurdity.

     In the presence of several .MAIN special targets, make silently ignores
     all but the first.

     .TARGETS is not set to the default target when make is invoked without a
     target name and no .MAIN special target exists.

     The evaluation of expression in a test is very simple-minded.  Currently,
     the only form that works is `.if ${VAR} op something' For instance, you
     should write tests as `.if ${VAR} == string' not the other way around,
     which would give you an error.

     For loops are expanded before tests, so a fragment such as:

           .for ARCH in ${SHARED_ARCHS}
           .if ${ARCH} == ${MACHINE}

     will not work, and should be rewritten as:

           .for ARCH in ${SHARED_ARCHS}
           .if ${MACHINE} == ${ARCH}

     The parsing code is broken with respect to handling a semicolon after a
     colon, so a fragment like this will fail:

           HDRS=   foo.h bar.h

           .for h in ${HDRS:S;^;${.CURDIR}/;}

     A trailing backslash in a variable value defined on the command line
     causes the delimiting space in the MAKEFLAGS environment variable to be
     preceeded by that backslash.  That causes a submake to not treat that
     space as a word delimiter.  Fixing this requires a larger rewrite of the
     code handling command line macros and assignments to .MAKEFLAGS.

FreeBSD 6.2                    October 14, 2005                    FreeBSD 6.2


Want to link to this manual page? Use this URL:

home | help