What is the use of @ in the Makefile?

Oliver Eikemeier eikemeier at fillmore-labs.com
Fri Mar 19 01:26:04 PST 2004

Patrick Dung wrote:

> Hi
> What is the use of @ in those post-patch, etc, sections in the Makefile? 
> It is very difficult to use search engine to find information about symbols (@) and makefile.

`man 1 make', section SHELL COMMANDS:

If the first or first two 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 command line to be ignored.

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