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Old 12-08-2005, 01:36 AM   #1
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what is the meaning of Makefile,,

I am new to Linux. I have a source code for a particular tool, there are files like Makefile,,
What are they for? How can I understand the meaning of those files?

Please reply me

thanks and regards
Old 12-08-2005, 04:11 AM   #2
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The contain information about how a program should build, its dependencies etc. As to how you can understand them, I think you need a bit of knowledge about scripting and programming.
Old 12-08-2005, 04:19 AM   #3
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The contains the information of the program it also counts for but I'm not 100% sure.
if you run configure it modifies/creates the MAKEFILE which also contains your system specifics like gcc version glibc version etc etc.. the MAKEFILE is being used when you execute the command make
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Basically, -- a user input file to automake -- a user input file to autoconf

autoconf generates configure from
automake gererates from

configure generates Makefile from

The real process is much more complicated, of cource.

Correct me if I am wrong.

A great resource for learning GNU autotools.
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