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1 Introduction

This short document attempts to explain simply how the gnustep makefile package works internally. When I first wrote this document, the mechanism used to be extremely complex, involving many recursive make invocations; I have now simplified it so that it involves only a single recursive make invocation per target/type/operation. As a result, I hope that the mechanism is now so simple that you can figure out how it works without reading this document, by just reading the gnustep-make source code. Anyway, the thing might still not be still totally trivial at a first approach, so this document might help you to get familiar with the gnustep-make source code in a shorter time and with less pain.

Richard Frith-Macdonald 2013-07-26