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April 15th, 2012, 08:11 PM
How do you make a Makefile be able to use any of the various c/c++ filename extensions (.c, .C, .c++, .cpp, etc...), provided they all start with "main" but not "main.h" and still name the compiled binary as "./main"?

April 15th, 2012, 10:31 PM
Traditional make used suffix rules to do this but these days it's implicit rules:


The .c, .C, .cpp and .cc rules are already there. You'd just need to add to them for anything else you want.

For example:

$ cat hello1.C
#include <iostream>

int main()
std::cout << "Hello" << std::endl;
$ cp hello1.C hello2.cc
$ cp hello2.cc hello3.cpp
$ make hello1 hello2 hello3
g++ hello1.C -o hello1
g++ hello2.cc -o hello2
g++ hello3.cpp -o hello3
$ ls
hello1 hello1.C hello2 hello2.cc hello3 hello3.cpp

Note there's no Makefile here. These are compiled with the implicit rules that already exist in GNU make.