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The GNU Make Book by John Graham-Cumming

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Preface

I can no longer remember when I first encountered a make program, but I imagine that, as with many programmers, I was trying to build someone else’s software. And like many programmers, I was probably surprised and seduced by the simplicity of make’s syntax without realizing the hidden depths and power of this universal program.

After many years of working with a variety of real makefiles, blogging about my findings, and answering GNU make questions from my blog readers, I gained real-world insights and a deep appreciation for GNU make. Many of these insights came from founding a company called Electric Cloud, where one of my projects was to completely replicate the functionality of GNU make. To do so, I absorbed the GNU make manual; wrote ...

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