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Re: place automake files separately from source files

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: place automake files separately from source files
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:51:20 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-08-09)

* Ralf Wildenhues wrote on Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 11:01:07AM CEST:
> It is possible to use different names than for the automake
> input files, with a caveat: in recursion rules, automake outputs plain
> `$(MAKE)' only, without -f.  That still allows the following: for the
> transition time, you can require GNU make to be used, and use only files
> named for automake.  The generated GNUmakefile files will
> be read and executed by GNU make instead of any Makefile files then.

Thinking about it a bit more, it should be possible without GNU make
even: name all automake input files, list each foobar in, and add
  AM_MAKEFLAGS = -f foobar

to the toplevel  Given that AM_MAKEFLAGS is not needed for
any other purpose, that should invoke all recursive make on the foobar
files.  Of course, this still requires the user to
  make -f foobar

on the toplevel, or some additional logic in the toplevel Makefile.

> After the transition is done, you could remove all old Makefile files,
> rename all to, and adjust

This then still applies with s/


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