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[opensuse-programming] Redefining GNU make's implicit RM variable
  • From: Roger Oberholtzer <roger@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 13:37:53 +0200
  • Message-id: <1312371473.24410.167.camel@acme.pacific>

GNU 'make' uses implicit variables to perform some tasks. For example CC
to define the compiler, and RM to remove a file:

On openSUSE 11.2, I can redefine CC as expected. Whatever I define there
gets used to do the compile.

If I am compiling a binary from multiple sources, my CC gets used for
each object file:

myBinary: a.o b.o c.o

myBinary is correctly created. Since the make rule led to making the
three object files, it will also automatically delete them when done.
Which it does. But it will not use the RM variable to do this. It seems
to use some other definition. At least if I redefine RM (in the same
place I defined CC), my definition is never used.

All I am really trying to accomplish is to not have the make process
echo the rm command when it removes objects it make to satisfy some
rule. So, I want to define it as:

RM = @rm -f

I guess the built-in rule uses 'rm' instead of $(RM). At least it is
acting that way. Another odd thing is that the Gnu docs say the default
RM command is 'rm -f'. But I see 'rm' being used.

Am I looking in the wrong place to redefine RM?

Yours sincerely,

Roger Oberholtzer

OPQ Systems / Ramböll RST

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