All-singing all-dancing Makefiles: alpha patch

Michael Elizabeth Chastain (
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 03:43:20 -0600

Hello kernel hackers,

I have an alpha version of my all-singing all-dancing Makefiles:


Here are some highlights:

separate source and target trees
read-only source tree
can have multiple target trees per source
better makefile structure
auto dependencies with gcc -MD, no more 'make dep'.
command dependencies (automatically recompiles when options change)
make works correctly from subdirectories
much more parallel-friendly
rewritten vmlinux -> zImage commands,
works with binutils 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
works around bug in binutils that bit modules
squeezes empty 4k page out of resident kernel (!)
447 lines of Documentation/makefiles.txt.
Many option settings moved from Makefiles into configuration.
VGA boot-time configuration.

And here are some things not done yet:

only architecture is i386
no drivers/sound yet
no genksyms

Michael Chastain
"love without fear"