mmake alternatives and similar packages
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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.
$ curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/tj/mmake/cmd/mmake | sudo sh
Build from source:
$ go get github.com/tj/mmake/cmd/mmake
$ brew tap tj/mmake https://github.com/tj/mmake.git $ brew install tj/mmake/mmake
Next add the following alias to your profile:
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. start: @gopherjs -m -v serve --http :3000 github.com/tj/docs/client .PHONY: start # Start the API server. api: @go run server/cmd/api/api.go .PHONY: api # Display dependency graph. deps: @godepgraph github.com/tj/docs/client | dot -Tsvg | browser .PHONY: deps # Display size of dependencies. #- Any comment preceded by a dash is omitted. size: @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.
You can optionally filter which commands to view the help dialogue for (this supports standard Unix glob patterns):
$ make help start start Start the dev server. $ make help s* size Display size of dependencies. start Start the dev server.
help command also supports displaying longer output with the verbose flag (
$ make help -v start Start the dev server. Note that the API server must also be running.
$ make help -v start: Start the dev server. Note that the API server must also be running. api: Start the API server. deps: Display dependency graph. size: 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 ...
Includes may specify a URL (http, https, or github shortcut) 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 include https://github.com/apex/make/test/Makefile include https://github.com/apex/make/test/make.mk
This can be a lot to remember, so you could also provide a file which includes the others:
If the given repository contains an
index.mk file, you can just declare:
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.
Once the remote includes are downloaded to
mmake will not try to fetch them again. In order to get an updated copy of the remote includes,
mmake provides an
update target that will download them again:
$ make update
If you're looking to find or share makefiles check out the Wiki, and feel free to add a category if it is missing.
- GNU Make documentation
- Wiki registry
- Announcement blog post
- Introduction youtube video
- AUR Package Arch Linux Package
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the mmake README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.