GNU Make 4.0 Brings New Features, Extends With Guile
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 9 October 2013 at 08:50 AM EDT. 1 Comment
Version 4.0 of GNU Make, the widely-used software that's relied upon extensively by developers and those building their software from sources, is now available. GNU Make 4.0 does bring with it a handful of new features and capabilities.

First of all, Make 4.0 has integration support for GNU Guile. Guile is the extension system of the GNU project that is a Scheme programming language implementation and now in the Make world will be the embedded extension language.

GNU Make 4.0 also features a new "output-sync" option, "trace-enables" for tracing of targets, a "none" flag for the "debug" argument, and the "job server" and .ONESHELL features are now supported under Microsoft Windows.

GNU Make 4.0 also has new assignment operators, a new function for writing to files, and other enhancements. It's been reported that Make 4.0 also has more than 80 bug-fixes.

More details on GNU Make 4.0 can be found from their release announcement on the mailing list.
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