A `Makefile' is a specification of dependencies between files and how to resolve those dependencies such that an overall goal, known as a target , can be reached. `Makefile' s are processed by the make utility. Other references describe the syntax of `Makefile' s and the various implementations of make in detail. This chapter provides an overview into `Makefile' s and gives just enough information to write custom rules in a `Makefile.am' (see section 7. Introducing GNU Automake) or `Makefile.in' .
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