A somewhat tongue-in-cheek title, but this page lists a few very important rules you should always keep in mind when creating makefiles. Following these rules will allow your makefiles to be both pithy and beautiful. And they will make maintaining and modifying them, and thus your entire life, a much more pleasant experience.
Don't hassle with writing portable makefiles, use a portable
rule must update a file with the exact name of
Make sure every command script touches the file "
../$@", or "
$(notdir $@)", but
$@. That way you and GNU
make always agree.
VPATH to locate the sources from the objects
directory, not to locate the objects from the sources directory.
Try to never write a filename more than once. Do this through a
combination of make variables, pattern rules, automatic variables, and
If a non-continued line does not begin with a TAB character, it is
never part of a command script: it is always interpreted as
makefile syntax. If a non-continued line does begin with a
TAB character, it is always part of a command script: it is never
Continued lines are always of the same type as their predecessor, regardless of what characters they start with.
Yes, that's all of them... so far. It's not that that's all I have to say on the subject, but coming up with points which are both truly fundamental and expressible in a succinct rule format, ain't easy.
Let me know if you have suggestions.