David A. Wheeler's Blog

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Peter Miller and improving make

First, a sad note. Peter Miller died on 2014-07-27 from leukemia. He did a lot of important things, including writing the influential paper “Recursive Make Considered Harmful”. Rest in peace.

I should point out an essay I’ve written about improving make. Make is widely used, but the POSIX standard for it lacks key functions, including vital ones that Peter Miller pointed out years ago. Thankfully, progress has been made. My hope is that progress will continue to happen; I welcome help for improving the standard and implementations of make.

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