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The Pitfalls and Benefits of GNU Make Parallelization

Many build processes run for hours with build managers commonly typing 'make' and going home for the night. GNU Make's solution to this problem is parallel execution, which is a simple command-line option that causes GNU Make to run jobs in parallel using the dependency in the Makefile to run in the correct order.

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The Basics of GNU Make

GNU Make user-defined functions can do a lot. Ask Mr. Make takes you on a quick your of the basics.

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GNU Make path handling

Ask Mr. Make discusses how GNU Make handles paths.

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GMSL 1.09: A look inside the tweaks and updates

I've written in the past about the GNU Make Standard Library open source project. This article outlines the changes made between v1.0.2 and the current release (v1.0.9) and discusses some of the techniques used to implement the GMSL.

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Makefile Debugging: A introduction to remake

remake forked from GNU Make 3.80 and is currently at version 0.62.   This version incorporates some, but not all, of the changes made in GNU Make 3.81. 

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Lean Development Principles for Branching and Merging

By reworking lean principles for the branching and merging arena, we're able to create automated builds and unit tests to increase effectiveness and improve quality in software configuration management. Individual developers and teams alike can benefit from this process-improving strategy.

GNU Make Escaping: A Walk on the Wild Side

Sometimes you find yourself needing to insert a special character in a Makefile: perhaps you need a newline inside a $(error) message, or a space character in a $(subst) or a comma as the argument to a GNU Make function.  Those three simple things can be frustratingly hard in GNU Make; this article takes you through simple GNU Make syntax that removes the frustration.

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Painless non-recursive Make

In this article, Mr. Make outlines a pattern for non-recursive Make systems that supports the familiar make-anywhere style common to recursive Make systems.  Typing make in a directory will build everything in that directory and below.

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Atomic Rules in GNU Make

This article looks at what to do if command updates more than one file, and how to express that so that GNU Make knows that more than one file was updated and behaves correctly.

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GNU Make meets file names with spaces in them

Suppose you are faced with creating a Makefile that needs to deal with two files named foo bar and bar baz, with foo bar built from bar ba'.  I've used italics to make clear that these are file names that include spaces.

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