[Tugindia] Makefile

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Wed Mar 5 12:03:49 CET 2003

"Nikhil Joshi" <nikhil_joshi at gmx.net> writes:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Amitava Das Gupta" <amitav at vsnl.net>
> > I am new to LaTeX, using it on Windows98SE. In various sub-folders under
> the
> > \texmf\source, I see files named "Makefile.am" or "Makefile.in". What are
> > these files, and how can they be used.
> >
> these are used by program called make for compiling the source files. no
> idea how to use in Windows , but in *nix environment u just enter make nd
> the source is compiled.

Not quite right.  `make' merely uses a file `Makefile', and that needs
to be generated in the first place.  The `configure' program generates
`Makefile' from `Makefile.in' (and often other xxx from xxx.in), and
the `automake' program generates `Makefile.in' from `Makefile.am'.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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