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Old 03-06-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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Makefile - passing argument to make?

I have a number of projects, say test1, test2, test3, ...
I want to make and install all of them in exactly the same way;
so I would like to say
make test2
make install test2
with the same Makefile.

In othe words, I would like to pass the argument test2 (or just 2)
to the Makefile, so this is taken as the target for make
or make install.

This must be a common wish;
but I don't see any appropriate option with "man make"
on my Fedora-12 system.

Any help gratefully received.
Old 03-06-2010, 06:14 PM   #2
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There are several options to perform your task:

create a rule install-% for % in test1,test2,test3:
# install test1

# install test2

# install test3
Or create a rule "install-%:" (in gmake) and refer to the name by $@.

One last options would be to set a variable on calling make:
make TARGETS=test1 install


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