Re: [Rd] Makefiles and other customization

From: Ross Boylan <>
Date: Thu 24 Nov 2005 - 00:05:10 GMT

On Wed, 2005-11-23 at 15:47 -0800, Kasper Daniel Hansen wrote:
> Well you can have a look at etc/Makeconf. I have had some troubles
> understanding the make process myself (which probably reveals I am
> not a make guru), but it really depends on what you want to
> accomplish - and from a certain perspective it is all documented in
> the sources.

Makeconf sets environment variables and general rules for building different types of files, but it doesn't have any regular targets. While the answer is in the source, the full answer doesn't seem to be in that particular piece.

> I think you need to describe what exactly you want to do, perhaps
> even post a copy of your Makefie.
My build system is a bit baroque; my first question is what a Makefile should look like that simply duplicates the existing functionality. In other words, without a Makefile R can compile my code, check the package, and build something for distribution. If I want to add a Makefile that preserves all this behavior, what needs to be in it?

I need something extra for two main reasons. First, I'm using the fweb literate programming system, so I maintain a .web file which must be processed to get program sources and documentation. Second, I have a lot of unit tests of my code, and I want to exercise them apart from simply building and testing the package as a whole. All of this requires assistance from the GNU autotools.

> In case you include code which needs to be compiled and distributed
> to various platforms you definitely want R to do the compilation.
Since R does a lot, it would be better to try to build on that. But if it's too much of a fight, I might want to roll my own. Creating a source distribution, for example, looked like something I might be able to do in my own makefile.

Ross mailing list Received on Thu Nov 24 11:08:43 2005

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