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Re: makefile question: always recompile a file

From: Jim
Subject: Re: makefile question: always recompile a file
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:39:40 -0700 (PDT)
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On Aug 26, 5:02 pm, Jim <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm using a make program similar to gnu make.  I'd like to always
> recompile a file whenever ANY file is compiled (or assembled).
> Preferably (but not absolutely necessary), I'd like the file to
> recompile if the linker runs as well, but this sounds really tough.
> In case you're wondering, this file contains a global array that has
> time and date stamp information in it so we can tell when the project
> was last built.
> Some engineers don't like a simple "delete the object file always when
> make runs" approach because if you inadvertently run make a second
> time, you get a recompile even if no sources changed.
> Any ideas on how to do this?
> Thanks much,
> Jim

I'd like to thank everyone for you input!  Now, for the sake of
discussion, I'd like to change the requirements a bit.  I really don't
need this, but it may come in handy:

I'd like to have a variable, say COMPILE_ALWAYS, set to a file that
needs to be compiled/assembled always.  This file may be a .c, .cpp or
an assembler file.  So, the methods I've seen here that involve
writing the ruleset for that file just won't do because now you don't
know what file you'll be building.  How would you go about doing it?
My current thought is to place a line where the linking is done
(before the link itself) that recursively calls make--it's target
would be $(COMPILE_ALWAYS).o.  Comments?

Thanks again,


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