3.3 The most useful Makefile targets
By now `configure' has generated the output files such as a
`Makefile'. Most projects include a `Makefile' with a basic
set of well-known targets (see section 4.1 Targets and dependencies). A
target is a name of a task that you want
make to perform --
usually it is to build all of the programs belonging to your package
(commonly known as the all target). From your build directory,
the following commands are likely to work for a configured package:
- Builds all derived files sufficient to declare the package built.
- Runs any self-tests that the package may have.
- Installs the package in a predetermined location.
- Removes all derived files.
There are other less commonly used targets which are likely to be
recognized, particularly if the package includes a `Makefile' which
conforms to the GNU `Makefile' standard or is generated by
automake. You may wish to inspect the generated
`Makefile' to see what other targets have been included.