Re: "makefiles" vs. "Makefiles" vs. "make files"

Subject: Re: "makefiles" vs. "Makefiles" vs. "make files"
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:07:14 -0500

The GNU documentation for MAKE uses âmakefileâ and âmakefilesâ. Iâd echo that.

In general, âmake fileâ is incorrect.

> On Nov 19, 2015, at 10:00 PM, Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:
>
> 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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