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IMAKE(1)										 IMAKE(1)

       imake - C preprocessor interface to the make utility

       imake [ -Ddefine ] [ -Idir ] [ -Udefine ] [ -Ttemplate ] [ -f filename ] [ -C filename ] [
       -s filename ] [ -e ] [ -v ]

       Imake is used to generate Makefiles from a template, a set of cpp macro functions,  and	a
       per-directory  input  file called an Imakefile.	This allows machine dependencies (such as
       compiler options, alternate command names, and special make rules)  to  be  kept  separate
       from the descriptions of the various items to be built.

       The following command line options may be passed to imake:

	       This option is passed directly to cpp.  It is typically used to set directory-spe-
	       cific variables.  For example, the X Window System used this flag to set TOPDIR to
	       the  name  of the directory containing the top of the core distribution and CURDIR
	       to the name of the current directory, relative to the top.

	       This option is passed directly to cpp.  It  is  typically  used	to  indicate  the
	       directory in which the imake template and configuration files may be found.

	       This  option  is  passed directly to cpp.  It is typically used to unset variables
	       when debugging imake configuration files.

	       This option specifies the name of the  master  template	file  (which  is  usually
	       located	in  the  directory  specified  with  -I)  used	by  cpp.   The default is

       -f filename
	       This option specifies the name of the per-directory input file.	 The  default  is

       -C filename
	       This  option  specifies the name of the .c file that is constructed in the current
	       directory.  The default is Imakefile.c.

       -s filename
	       This option specifies the name of the make description file to  be  generated  but
	       make  should not be invoked.  If the filename is a dash (-), the output is written
	       to stdout.  The default is to generate, but not execute, a Makefile.

       -e      This option indicates the  imake  should  execute  the  generated  Makefile.   The
	       default is to leave this to the user.

       -v      This  option  indicates	that  imake  should print the cpp command line that it is
	       using to generate the Makefile.

       Imake invokes cpp with any -I or -D flags passed on the command line and passes	the  name
       of a file containing the following 3 lines:

		 #define IMAKE_TEMPLATE "Imake.tmpl"
		 #define INCLUDE_IMAKEFILE <Imakefile>
		 #include IMAKE_TEMPLATE

       where Imake.tmpl and Imakefile may be overridden by the -T and -f command options, respec-

       The IMAKE_TEMPLATE typically reads  in  a  file	containing  machine-dependent  parameters
       (specified  as cpp symbols), a site-specific parameters file, a file defining variables, a
       file containing cpp macro functions for generating make rules, and finally  the	Imakefile
       (specified  by  INCLUDE_IMAKEFILE) in the current directory.  The Imakefile uses the macro
       functions to indicate what targets should be built; imake takes	care  of  generating  the
       appropriate rules.

       Imake  configuration  files contain two types of variables, imake variables and make vari-
       ables.  The imake variables are interpreted by cpp when imake is run.  By convention  they
       are mixed case.	The make variables are written into the Makefile for later interpretation
       by make.  By convention make variables are upper case.

       The rules file (usually named Imake.rules in the configuration directory) contains a vari-
       ety  of	cpp macro functions that are configured according to the current platform.  Imake
       replaces any occurrences of the string ``@@'' with a newline to allow macros that generate
       more than one line of make rules.  For example, the macro

	#define  program_target(program, objlist)	 @@\
	program: objlist				 @@\
		 $(CC)	-o  $@	objlist  $(LDFLAGS)

       when called with program_target(foo, foo1.o  foo2.o) will expand to

	foo:	 foo1.o  foo2.o
		 $(CC)	-o  $@	foo1.o	foo2.o	$(LDFLAGS)

       Imake also replaces any occurrences of the word ``XCOMM'' with the character ``#'' to per-
       mit placing comments in the Makefile without causing ``invalid directive'' errors from the

       Some complex imake macros require generated make variables local to each invocation of the
       macro, often because their value depends on parameters passed to the  macro.   Such  vari-
       ables  can be created by using an imake variable of the form XVARdefn, where n is a single
       digit.  A unique make variable will be substituted.  Later  occurrences	of  the  variable
       XVARusen will be replaced by the variable created by the corresponding XVARdefn.

       On systems whose cpp reduces multiple tabs and spaces to a single space, imake attempts to
       put back any necessary tabs (make is very picky about the difference between tabs and spa-
       ces).  For this reason, colons (:) in command lines must be preceded by a backslash (\).

       The  X  Window System used imake extensively up through the X11R6.9 release, for both full
       builds within the source tree and external software.  X has since moved	to  GNU  autoconf
       and automake for its build system in X11R7.0 and later releases, but still maintains imake
       for building existing external software programs that have not yet converted.

       As mentioned above, two special variables, TOPDIR and CURDIR, are set to make  referencing
       files  using  relative path names easier.  For example, the following command is generated
       automatically to build the Makefile in the directory lib/X/ (relative to the  top  of  the

		 %  ../.././config/imake  -I../.././config  \
		       -DTOPDIR=../../.   -DCURDIR=./lib/X

       When building X programs outside the source tree, a special symbol UseInstalled is defined
       and TOPDIR and CURDIR  are  omitted.   If  the  configuration  files  have  been  properly
       installed, the script xmkmf(1) may be used.

       Here  is  a  summary  of the files read by imake as used by X.  The indentation shows what
       files include what other files.

	   Imake.tmpl		     generic variables
	       site.def 	     site-specific, BeforeVendorCF defined
	       *.cf		     machine-specific
		   *Lib.rules	     shared library rules
	       site.def 	     site-specific, AfterVendorCF defined
	       Imake.rules	     rules
	       Project.tmpl	     X-specific variables
		   *Lib.tmpl	     shared library variables
		   Library.tmpl      library rules
		   Server.tmpl	     server rules
		   Threads.tmpl      multi-threaded rules

       Note that site.def gets included  twice,  once  before  the  *.cf  file	and  once  after.
       Although  most  site customizations should be specified after the *.cf file, some, such as
       the choice of compiler, need to be specified before, because other variable  settings  may
       depend on them.

       The  first time site.def is included, the variable BeforeVendorCF is defined, and the sec-
       ond time, the variable AfterVendorCF is defined.  All code in site.def should be inside an
       #ifdef for one of these symbols.

       Imakefile.c		     temporary input file for cpp
       /tmp/Imf.XXXXXX		     temporary Makefile for -s
       /tmp/IIf.XXXXXX		     temporary Imakefile if specified Imakefile uses # comments
       /usr/bin/cpp		     default C preprocessor

       make(1), xmkmf(1)
       Paul   DuBois,	imake-Related	Software  and  Documentation,  http://www.snake.net/soft-
       Paul DuBois, Software Portability with imake, Second Edition, O'Reilly & Associates, 1996.
       S. I. Feldman, Make -- A Program for Maintaining Computer Programs

       The following environment variables may be set, however their use is  not  recommended  as
       they introduce dependencies that are not readily apparent when imake is run:

	    If	defined,  this specifies a ``-I'' include argument to pass to the C preprocessor.
	    E.g., ``-I/usr/X11/config''.

	    If	defined,  this	should	be  a  valid  path  to	a  preprocessor  program.   E.g.,
	    ``/usr/local/cpp''.   By  default, imake will use cc -E or /usr/bin/cpp, depending on
	    the OS specific configuration.

	    If	defined,  this	should	be  a  valid  path   to   a   make   program,	such   as
	    ``/usr/local/make''.  By default, imake will use whatever make program is found using
	    execvp(3).	This variable is only used if the ``-e'' option is specified.

       Todd Brunhoff, Tektronix and MIT Project Athena; Jim Fulton, MIT X Consortium

X Version 11				   imake 1.0.5					 IMAKE(1)
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