format of MKS Make file 

Miscellaneous Information


This reference page offers a summary of the syntax of a makefile's contents, using a style similar to BNF (Backus Naur Form). Items enclosed in [ ] are optional, while items enclosed in { } can appear zero or more times.

	→ { makefile-line }


A line is a possibly empty sequence of characters, terminated by a nonescaped newline character; that is, one not immediately preceded by a backslash (\). A line can be extended over several input lines by placing a \ at the end of each line to be continued.

A comment begins with a # and extends to the end of the line. In the following, an expression is defined as

expressionstringstring == stringstring != string

where string is defined as a literal sequence of characters, or the sequence of characters resulting from the expansion of a macro.

A conditional is defined as

conditional →
	.IF expression
	{ .ELSIF expression
	[ .ELSE

A rule-definition is defined as

rule-definitiontargets [ attributes ] op [prerequisites] [ ; recipe ]

targetstarget { target }

A target may be a special-target.

Any number of attributes may follow a target in a rule-definition.

	→ .SETDIR=path

An attribute-definition is like a rule-definition, except that a recipe is not allowed. An attribute-definition is given as

attribute-definitionattribute { attribute } : targets

The op defines the type of rule.

op	→ :
	→ ::
	→ :^
	→ :!
	→ :-
	→ :|

The prerequisites are a list (possibly empty) of targets that must be brought up-to-date before making the current target. The prerequisites may optionally be followed by a semicolon (;) and a recipe.

A recipe normally follows; it consists of a number of lines, all starting with at least one tab character, or a group-recipe, which is written between brackets ([ ]).

	→ { [+@-] line }
	→ [[+@-]lines]

A special-target is a keyword that is given as a target in a rule-definition. The following special targets are allowed:

	→ .SOURCE.suffix

A macro-definition is recognized as a string followed by an = character. There are three forms of macros:

macro = string
	assign string to macro
macro := string
	expand macro definitions string, then assign
macro += string
	append string to end of macro

If string is empty, macro is assigned the null string (unless you use the += operator; in this case, the macros contents are not touched). White space on either side of the =, :=, or += is ignored.

Macros are expanded by $(macro) or ${macro}. If a macro name is a single letter, it can also be expanded by $n, where n is the name.

If the .BRACEEXPAND special target is set, make expands a token sequence (separated by white space) prepending a prefix string and appending a suffix string to each token:

string1{ token-list }string2

Future versions of MKS Make may not support this obsolescent feature.

A macro can also be modified as it is expanded. The syntax for this is

$(macro {:modifier})

where any number of modifiers can be supplied, separated by :.

	→ s/string/new_string/
	→ suffix_string=new_suffix_string
	→ t"string"

The :s modifier is a substitute operator; occurrences of the given pattern that are matched are replaced by the indicated value. The :t modifier tokenizes the macro string definition, placing the given string between each name in the indicated string. That string may contain the following escape sequences:

	\"	→	"
	\\	→	\
	\a	→	alert or <bel>
	\b	→	<backspace>
	\f	→	<form feed>
	\n	→	<newline>
	\r	→	<carriage return>
	\t	→	<tab>
	\v	→	<vertical tab>

The :u modifier maps all characters in the expansion to uppercase.

The :l modifier maps all characters in the expansion to lowercase.

The :^ modifier adds a prefix to all of the tokens in the expanded macro.

The :+ modifier adds a suffix to all of the tokens in the expanded macro.

A number of built-in macros are defined by MKS Make.

$@	full target name
$$@	dynamic expansion of $@
$%	full target name, or name of archive library
$$%	dynamic expansion of $%
$*	$@ without suffix; same as $(@:db)
$$*	dynamic expansion of $*
$>	library name for current target (library member)
$$>	dynamic expansion of $>
$?	all recently changed prerequisites
$<	in normal rules, those prerequisites prompting
	execution of current rule; in inference rules, the
	prerequisite of the current rule
$&	all prerequisites
$^	prerequisites in current rule

MKS Make also uses control-macros, whose value is either maintained by make, or used to control the corresponding attribute.

	→ PWD

For example, the .SILENT macro is like the .SILENT attribute, except that using the macro assigns the .SILENT attribute to all targets.


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