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GNU Make

If you want to use GNU make on Windows, I suggest you use Chocolatey for installation.

Install make and mingw

choco install mingw make -y

Example Makefile

This is an example Makefile for a cross-platform C++ project.

Makefile
name = out

rwildcard = $(wildcard $(addsuffix $2, $1)) $(foreach d,$(wildcard $(addsuffix *, $1)),$(call rwildcard,$d/,$2))
cpp_files := $(call rwildcard,src/,*.cpp)

ifeq ($(OS),Windows_NT)
out_binary = $(name).exe
else
out_binary = $(name)
endif

all: $(name)

$(name): $(cpp_files)
g++ \
-o $(name) $(cpp_files) \
-lgdi32

clean:
rm -f $(out_binary) || del $(out_binary)

run:
./$(out_binary) || $(out_binary)

dll-dump:
objdump -p $(name).* | (grep "DLL Name:" || findstr "DLL Name:")

dev: $(name) run

watch:
nodemon --watch ./src/** --ext cpp,hpp,c,h --exec make dev