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7.2 Introduction to Primaries

Each type of object that Automake understands has a special root variable name associated with it. This root is called a primary. Many actual variable names put into `' are constructed by adding various prefixes to a primary.

For instance, scripts--interpreted executable programs--are associated with the SCRIPTS primary. Here is how you would list scripts to be installed in the user's `bindir':

bin_SCRIPTS = magic-script

(Note that the mysterious `bin_' prefix will be discussed later.)

The contents of a primary-derived variable are treated as targets in the resulting `Makefile'. For instance, in our example above, we could generate `magic-script' using sed by simply introducing it as a target:

bin_SCRIPTS = magic-script

	sed -e 's/whatever//' < $(srcdir)/ > magic-script
	chmod +x magic-script

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