GNU Make 4.0

A powerful and Open Source CLI tool that controls the generation of executable files in Linux
GNU Make is an open source command-line application that controls the generation of executable files and other non-source files of a program, from the program's source files.

GNU Make is able to build a program thanks to a file called the makefile, which can be found in the source archive of the respective program and lists each of the non-source files and how to compute it from other files.

The software is capable of enabling end-users to build and install packages without knowing the details of how it is done, and it can also automatically figure out which files needs to update, based on which source files have changed.

GNU Make has numerous powerful features that can be used by developers in makefiles. It can also regenerate, use, and delete intermediate files that need not be saved.

last updated on:
October 9th, 2013, 8:34 GMT
developed by:
Paul D. Smith
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ Programming \ Assembler Tools


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What's New in This Release:
  • WARNING: Backward-incompatibility! If .POSIX is specified, then make adheres to the POSIX backslash/newline handling requirements, which introduces the following changes to the standard backslash/newline handling in non-recipe lines: * Any trailing space before the backslash is preserved * Each backslash/newline (plus subsequent whitespace) is converted to a single space
  • New feature: GNU Guile integration This version of GNU make can be compiled with GNU Guile integration. GNU Guile serves as an embedded extension language for make. See the "Guile Function" section in the GNU Make manual for details. Currently GNU Guile 1.8 and 2.0+ are supported. In Guile 1.8 there is no support for internationalized character sets. In Guile 2.0+, scripts can be encoded in UTF-8.
  • New command line option: --output-sync (-O) enables grouping of output by target or by recursive make. This is useful during parallel builds to avoid mixing output from different jobs together giving hard-to-understand results. Original implementation by David Boyce . Reworked and enhanced by Frank Heckenbach . Windows support by Eli Zaretskii .
  • New command line option: --trace enables tracing of targets. When enabled the recipe to be invoked is printed even if it would otherwise be suppressed by .SILENT or a "@" prefix character. Also before each recipe is run the makefile name and linenumber where it was defined are shown as well as the prerequisites that caused the target to be considered out of date.
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