Distributing makefiles

Malcolm Kay malcolm.kay at internode.on.net
Sun Apr 27 06:13:12 UTC 2008

On Sun, 27 Apr 2008 03:31 pm, Michaël Grünewald wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am planning to distribute some of the makefiles I wrote on various
> platforms, including FreeBSD. I need the help of some insightful soul to
> take a few decisions:
> --- Where to install? I think /usr/local/share/mk is fine;
> --- How to install? Users should put a
>      `.MAKEFLAGS: -I/usr/local/share/mk'
> statement in their /etc/make.conf, are ports scripts allowed to do this
> automagically? If yes what's the best way to do this? (an ed script?)
> --- Being system or not? BSD Make has two search pathes, the system one
> (whith <> style inclusion) and the other one (with "" style incusion). I
> think I shall consider my files non system, preserving the <> pathes for
> BSD. But ther may be some pros and cons I am not aware.

I think you are confusing make with the C language with respect to search 
paths. I believe make only uses search paths other than the current directory
when specificly requested for example with VPATH.


> Note: I did submit this questions on `ports' about ten days ago, but I 
> did not receive any answer for this. People subscribed to `ports' will 
> see this message for the second time, I apologize for the annoyance.
> Any comments welcome,
> --
> cheers,
> Michaël

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