"Inline Make" - keep build commands inside their own source files! Useful for small projects and code files.
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inmake sublime 3.sublime-build



Gem Version

A multi-mode command line tool that lets you define your build / preprocessing shell commands inside the files themselves. I use it for programs I write in one file, via Sublime Text's build commands thing.


gem install inmake

This will put inmake in your path, which means you will most likely be able to use it out of the box.


inmake supports different kinds of search modes when running a command, starting from a simple prefix or suffix search ending with a full blown regular expression.

Prefix mode

Looks for a character sequence at the start of the code line. Something like #|, or //!~$$.Imagine a Python file called asdf.py that has a build command identified by a prefix:

print "hello, this is code"
#| weird-python-compiler pythonfile.py -o out.css

Building it automatically is easy:

inmake -p "#|" asdf.py

Suffix mode

Searches for something in the end of a code line to match the build string. However, does not remove the suffix unless --strip-matched is also on the command line.

If this was called hey.c:

#include <stdio.h>
// gcc -o cfile.out cfile.c look_here_im_the_build_string
int main() { 
  printf("hello dude");

...then building it will look like:

inmake -s "look_here_im_the_build_string" --strip-matched hey.c

Default/Second Line mode

inmake's second line mode is probably the most useful for a general use case. As most programming languages will let you place a code comment on the second line of the file, you can simply add a shell command there.

If a Jade source file called index.jade looks like this:

//- useful jade file that converts Markdown to a proper HTML page
//- jade index.jade
extends layout

block text
  include:md index.md

then the command to run "jade index.jade" would be:

inmake index.jade

Regex mode

The last running mode is for the advanced user, and it lets you specify your very own regular expression, so you can search for whatever you like. You'll also have the option of removing the matches from the build string before running.

If a Python file called blah.py with a regex build command looks like this:

# !!!weird-python-compiler!!! !!!pythonfile.py!!! !!!-o!!! !!!out.html!!!
print "hello"

the command to build it looks like that:

inmake -x "!!!" --strip-matched blah.py


Aside from different run modes, you can specify key-value pairs that will be used as 'variables' inside the build string. For example, by passing -a AWESOME=1 to inmake, you can use {{AWESOME}} inside the build string, which will be replaced with 1 for every occurrence.

There are also some default variables:

{{f}} is the filename of the current file.
{{bn}} is that file's base name. (the filename without leading directories)
{{bn1}} is that file's base name without a file extension. I've needed that a lot so maybe you'll find use in this too!
{{ext}} is the file's extension. eg ".rb"
{{dn}} is that file's directory name. (just the directory)
{{mode}} is the file's access mode (makes sense on a Linux machine)
{{mtime}} is the file's last modified time as a Unix time. {{ctime}} is the file's creation time as a Unix time. {{size}} is the file's size in bytes.

So if a C source file called advanced_virus.c looks like this:

// advanced virus
// gcc -o {{bn1}} {{f}} -fno-fast-math -std=c++15 -DLINES={{LINES}}
#include <stdio.h>
int main() { 
  int i = LINES; 
  while (lines --> 0) // C++15 standard "decrease-to" operator
    printf("lol you've been hacked!"); 

The appropriate command to build it would be:

inmake -a LINES=1500 advanced_virus.c

Actual Usage

inmake [options] [files]


-f, --file FILENAME: Specify a target file. You can also specify files by adding them after optional stuff.

-a, --add-var KEY=VALUE: Replaces {{KEY}} with VALUE in the build command before running it.

-p, --prefix PREFIX: Build command is searched via a text line prefix.

-s, --suffix SUFFIX: Build command is searched via a text line suffix.

-x, --regex REGEX: Build command is searched via a regex applied to the text line

(The default search mode is "second-line" which is used when no other search mode is defined.)

--[no-]strip-matched: Strip found regex matches before running the build command. Default: false

--[no-]ignore-nonmatched: Silently continue if a file does not seem to have a build command. Default: true

--no-vars: Disables all variables (even the default variables). Default: false

-d, --dir-mode MODE: Configure how directories are handled. Two possible values: acceptDirs and ignoreDirs. acceptDirs will make it so that directories passed to inmake are recursed and inmake is applied to all files inside. ignoreDirs skips all directories. Default: acceptDirs


Files can be either actually files or directories. Directories are handled according to the prevailing dir-mode.

Sublime Text build script

This tool is an awesome companion to your text editor. I use Sublime Text, so I've also included the build script I use here. Make sure to replace $LOCATION with where your script resides in.

  "shell_cmd": "inmake \"$file\""