mfm -- The MakeFile Maker
mfm is a program for automatically generating Makefiles. Its goals are:
to create portable Makefiles that will work with all POSIX-compliant versions of make
to minimize the effort required by the writer of the Makefile
to be easily extensible
mfm consists of a Perl script and a set of reusable rule templates, also written in Perl. For each item to be built, a software author specifies a rule template and its parameters; the mfm program uses this information to build a Makefile. The Makefile is distributed with the source code; an end-user of the package doesn't need to have any special software installed. The system can be extended by writing new rule templates.
mfm works in a top-down way. You specify the targets you want built, and it deduces how to build them either from target-specific rules, rule templates, implicit rules based on the target's extension, or default rules. The bundled rules can handle complex situations like automatic dependency generation for C header files, user build parameters, selecting platform-dependent code, and more.
See the entries in Documentation/ for more details, including an idea of what mfm's input looks like.
mfm is self-hosting. To install it:
Clone the repository.
./bootstrapto build the Makefile.
(Optional) Edit conf-* for any non-standard parameters.
make installto install.
Send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.