"makefiles" vs. "Makefiles" vs. "make files"

Subject: "makefiles" vs. "Makefiles" vs. "make files"
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:00:02 -0800

Hello, TechWR-L-ers,

So for building instructions that are applicable to a huge variety of operating systems (and so they wonât all use the usual Linux make utility, but they will all use the supplied Makefile.<os> or Makefile.<product> pre-configured make files), how would it be best to refer to the group of supplied make files:

* makefiles
* Makefiles
* make files

The last (âmake filesâ) is certainly the most generic. But given that the actual filenames are all âMakefile.<something>â, I can see the logic for referring to them as âMakefilesâ. But if the reference isnât at the start of the sentence, the upper-case makes it appear more as a proper noun, which isnât what I want to convey. (Although the actual Make utility is always uppercase, as in this Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_(software). And this same article seems to use âmakefileâ, lowercase, to refer to these things generically. So thatâs what Iâm leaning toward.)

Thoughts?

-Monique
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