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Latest commit 1528a4a Feb 20, 2017 @tj committed on GitHub Merge pull request #11 from KyleBanks/master
Verbose flag for 'help' command


Modern Make


Mmake is a small program which wraps make to provide additional functionality, such as user-friendly help output, remote includes, and eventually more. It otherwise acts as a pass-through to standard make.


Grab a binary or:

$ go get github.com/tj/mmake/cmd/mmake

Next add the following alias to your profile:

alias make=mmake


Help output

Make's primary function is not to serve as a "task runner", however it's often used for that scenario due to its ubiquitous nature, and if you're already using it, why not! Make is however lacking a built-in mechanism for displaying help information.

Here's an example Makefile:

# Start the dev server.
# Note that the API server must
# also be running.
    @gopherjs -m -v serve --http :3000 github.com/tj/docs/client
.PHONY: start

# Start the API server.
    @go run server/cmd/api/api.go
.PHONY: api

# Display dependency graph.
    @godepgraph github.com/tj/docs/client | dot -Tsvg | browser
.PHONY: deps

# Display size of dependencies.
    @gopherjs build client/*.go -m -o /tmp/out.js
    @du -h /tmp/out.js
    @gopher-count /tmp/out.js | sort -nr
.PHONY: size

Mmake provides a help command to display all target comments in short form:

$ alias make=mmake
$ make help

  start      Start the dev server.
  api        Start the API server.
  deps       Display dependency graph.
  size       Display size of dependencies.

The help <target> command is also supported to display long form:

$ make help start

  Start the dev server.

  Note that the API server must
  also be running.

The -v verbose flag can be used to display long form for all targets:

$ make help -v

    Start the dev server.

    Note that the API server must
    also be running.

    Start the API server.

    Display dependency graph.

    Display size of dependencies.

The default behaviour of Make is of course preserved:

$ make
serving at http://localhost:3000 and on port 3000 of any available addresses

$ make size

Remote includes

Includes may specify a URL for inclusion, which are automatically downloaded to /usr/local/include and become available to Make. Note that make resolves includes to this directory by default, so the Makefile will still work for regular users.

Includes are resolved recursively. For example you may have a standard set of includes for your team to run tests, lint, and deploy:

include github.com/apex/make/deploy
include github.com/apex/make/lint
include github.com/apex/make/test

This can be a lot to remember, so you could also provide a file which includes the others:

include github.com/apex/make/all

Or perhaps one per dev environment such as Node or Golang:

include github.com/apex/make/node
include github.com/apex/make/golang

If you're worried about arbitrary code execution, then simply fork a project and maintain control over it.


If you're looking to find or share makefiles check out the Wiki, and feel free to add a category if it is missing.



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