Opened 7 years ago

#115 new defect

Use $(target) instead of $(out) for target shortcuts

Reported by: dmik Owned by:
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: kBuild Version: 0.1.5
Keywords: Cc:


As a convenience, kBuild generates "phony" targets as shortcuts to all defined targets, using this expression:

$(basename $(notdir $(out))):: $(out)

Given the following def:

PROGRAMS += myapp
myapp_TOOL = ...
myapp_SOURCES = ...

this will allow you to issue kmk myapp (instead of kmk /path/to/obj/mybin/myapp.exe) in order to only build myapp. This works fine until there are no targets with the same name. Since kBuild uses the same namespace for all targets, you can't e.g. have both the PROGRAMS and DLLS targets named myapp (even though they produce different files, myapp.exe and myapp.dll). The only way to overcome this limitation is to use the NAME property:

DLLS += myapp_dll
myapp_dll_NAME = myapp
PROGRAMS += myapp

This works fine until you want to use the target shortcuts. Since kBuild derives these shortcuts from the actual file name by stripping the path and the extension, they are affected by the _NAME property. So, in the above case there will be a single myapp shortcut referring both to myapp.exe and myapp.dll (making it impossible to build them separately, for instance).

It seems more logical to use the definitive target name directly for such shortcuts (which would give us myapp_dll and myapp in the above example, respectively). This namealready acts as a reference to the target in kBuild (when defining its properties for example), so this is what I expected in the first place actually (before I found that $(out) is used). The user will always make sure that there are no two targets with the same kBuild name which ensures there will always be an unique shortcut for each target. The relative change in kBuild to get it like that is as easy as:

$(target):: $(out)

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