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Makefile Arguments

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Arguments to Specify the Makefile

The way to specify the name of the makefile is with the -f or -file option (-makefile also works). For example, -f altmake says to use the file altmake as the makefile.

If you use the -f flag several times and follow each -f with an argument, all the specified files are used jointly as makefiles.

If you do not use the -f or -file flag, the default is to try GNUmakefile, makefile, and Makefile, in that order, and use the first of these three which exists or can be made (Writing Makefiles).