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icmconf - Configuration file for the icmbuild(1) program maintenance

icmconf(7) configuration file for icmbuild(1) icmconf(7)

NAME

icmconf - Configuration file for the icmbuild(1) program maintenance script

DESCRIPTION

The icmconf configuration file is used to specify and fine-tune the program maintenance performed by the icmbuild(1) script. It can be used to activate and specify various directives that determine how the program or library maintenance is performed.
The directives are biased towards the construction of a C++ program, but program maintenance for other languages (e.g., C) can also easily be configured.
The icmbuild(1) script ignores empty lines and lines whose first non-blank character is a hash-mark ( #) as well as lines whose first non-blank characters are two consecutive forward slashes (//). Long lines can be split over multiple lines by using a final backslash character at lines continuing at the next line (refer to the icmake(1) man-page for further details).

CLASS DEPENDENCIES

Traditional make-utilities recompile all dependent sources once header files are modified. When developing C++ programs this is hardly ever requird, as adding a new member function to a class does not require you to recompile already existing source files. Recompilation is required when modifying the data member organization of classes.
To handle class dependencies in a more sensible way, icmake(1) checks class dependencies using its support program /usr/lib/icmake/icm-dep, visiting the classes listed in the CLASSES file if icmconf’s USE_ALL directive was specified. If a directory mentioned in the CLASSES file contains a file having a name that’s equal to the name specified at the USE_ALL parameter, then all sources of classes that depend on that particular class are also recompiled.
Likewise, if the PRECOMP parameter was specified, then a similar action is performed for the precompiled headers: if a local header file that’s (directly or indirectly) included by a class’s internal header file has changed, then that class’s precompiled header as well as all precompiled headers of dependent classes are recompiled.
The icmbuild(1) script itself does not inspect these dependencies, but calls /usr/lib/icmake/icm-dep to perform the requird tests. The program icm-dep’s short usage summary is written to the standard output stream when calling icmake -d (or directly: /usr/lib/icmake/icm-dep).

ICMCONF PARAMETERS

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#define ADD_LIBRARIES ""
 
When a program must be linked against additional libraries (other than the name of the program’s library itself, if specified at LIBRARY) then those libraries should be specified, blank space separated, here. E.g., when a program is linked against libbobcat then the specification is:
#define ADD_LIBRARIES "bobcat"
If your program is linked against multiple libraries, then use a blank-separated list of libraries (like "math bobcat")
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#define ADD_LIBRARY_PATHS ""
 
When the additional libraries (specified at ADD_LIBRARIES) are located in non-standard library locations (e.g., not in /lib and /usr/lib) then these additional paths are (blank space separated) specified here. Specify only the paths, not the -L flags.
It is stronly advised to specify full pathnames here, or remember that normally the location of the icmconf file is not the location where the compilation actually takes place, which is the location specified at the TMP_DIR parameter (see below).
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#define CLS
 
The clear screen directive. If defined tput clear is called to clear the terminal screen before starting the compilation. By default it is not defined.
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#define CXX "g++"
 
The C++ compiler to use. For a C compiler use, e.g., #define CC "gcc". Its setting is overruled by an identically named environment variable.
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#define CXXFLAGS "--std=c++14 -Wall -O2"
 
The compiler options to use. The default options are shown. When the C compiler is used, use #define CFLAGS rather than CXXFLAGS. Its setting is overruled by an identically named environment variable.
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#define DEFCOM "..."
 
A DEFCOM directive may be added to the icmconf file (the icmstart(1) script can do this for you). It may be defined as:
#define DEFCOM "program"
in which case icmbuild will do program maintenance. It may also be defined as:
#define DEFCOM "program strip"
in which case icmbuild does program maintenance, creating a stripped binary program.
Alternatively it may also be defined as:
#define DEFCOM "library"
in which case icmbuild does library maintenance.
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//#define ICM_DEP "-V go"
 
The existence and implied existence of USE_ALL files (see the description of the USE_ALL directive), as well as the correct ages of precompiled headers can be checked by icmake’s support program icm_dep. By default icm_dep is called with the shown default arguments. If icm_dep should not be called define ICM_DEP as an empty string ( ""). Icmake(1)’s man-page contains a separate section about the icm_dep support program.
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#define IH ".ih"
 
The extension used for internal header files. See #define PRECOMP below.
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#define LDFLAGS ""
 
The linker options to use. By default no options are passed to the linker. Its setting is overruled by an identically named environment variable.
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#define LIBRARY "modules"
 
By default this directive is not defined. If defined a local library is constructed. When a binary program is built it will be linked against this library rather than to the individual object modules.
If a library must be constructed (see also the DEFCOM directive), then the LIBRARY directive must specify the library’s base name (without the lib prefix and without the .a extension).
After a library has been constructed icmbuild install static dir installs the static library at dir, while icmbuild install shared dir installs the shared library (see below at #define SHARED) at dir.
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#define MAIN "main.cc"
 
The source file in which the int main function is defined. This specification may be left as-is or may completely be removed if icmbuild(1) is used for library maintenance rather than program maintenance.
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//#define NO_PRECOMP_WARNING"
 
When PRECOMP is defined (see below) a warning is issued when a class-directory does not contain a IH file. Such warnings are suppressed when defining NO_PRECOMP_WARNING. This option is ignored unless PRECOMP has been defined.
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#define OBJ_EXT ".o"
 
The extension of object modules created by the compiler.
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//#define PRECOMP "-x c++-header"
 
When activated internal header files (see #define IH) are precompiled when they are more recent than their precompiled versions. Also, when a precompiled header file is (re)compiled the precompiled header files of all dependent classes are also recompiled.
Precompiled headers are removed by icmbuild clean. To specify internal header files for other languages change the -x specification accordingly. By default this #define is not active.
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#define REFRESH
 
Define REFRESH to relink the binary program at every icmbuild program call. By default REFRESH is not defined.
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#define SHARED
 
This directive is only interpreted if LIBRARY was also specified. If defined a static library (extension .a) as well as a shared library (extension .so*) is built. If not specified, but LIBRARY was specified, only the static library is built. By default SHARED is not defined.
The shared library receives as its major version number VERSION’s major version number, and receives VERSION as its full version number. E.g., if VERSION is defined as 1.02.03 and LIBRARY is defined as demo then the shared library libdemo.so.1.02.03 is constructed, with libdemo.so.1 soft-linking to it, with libdemo.so in turn soft-linking to libdemo.so.1.
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#define SHAREDREQ ""
 
When creating a shared library SHAREDREQ specifies the names of libraries and library paths that are required by the shared library. E.g., if a library is found in /usr/lib/special, assuming that the name of the required library is libspecial.so, then use the specification "-L/usr/lib/special -lspecial". The /lib and /usr/lib paths are usually predefined and need not be specified. This directive is only interpreted if SHARED and LIBRARY were also defined.
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#define SOURCES "*.cc"
 
The pattern to locate sources in a directory. The default value is shown.
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#define TMP_DIR "tmp"
 
The directory in which intermediate results are stored. Relative to the current working directory unless an absolute path is specified.
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#define USE_ALL "a"
 
After defining this directive (by default it is not defined) class dependencies are interpreted. In this case, when a directory contains a file having a name that’s equal to the name specified at the USE_ALL directive, then all sources of that class as well as all sources of classes that depend on it are (re)compiled.
Following the successful recompilations the s specified at #define USE_ALL are removed.
When the USE_ALL directive was specified the command icmbuild clean also removes any leftover USE_ALL files from the program’s subdirectories.
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#define USE_ECHO ON
 
When specified as ON (rather than OFF) commands executed by icmbuild are echoed.
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#define USE_VERSION
 
If defined (which is the default) the file VERSION is read by icmconf to determine the program/library’s version, and the project’s release years.
 

PARSER MAINTENANCE

The following directives are available in cases where a program uses a parser generator creating a parser class from a grammar specification:
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#define PARSER_DIR ""
 
The subdirectory containing the parser’s specification file.
If parser maintenance is not required, then this directive can be omitted. If omitted, then all other directives, that begin with PARS, can also be omitted.
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#define PARSFILES ""
 
If the parser specification file named at PARSSPEC itself includes additional specification files, then patterns matching these additional grammar specification files should be specified here. The pattern is interpreted in the directory specified at PARSER_DIR and could contain a subdirectory name (e.g. specs/*). When files matching the pattern are modified then a new parser will be created. By default no additional specification files are used.
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#define PARSFLAGS "-V"
 
The flags to use when calling the program specified at PARSGEN.
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#define PARSGEN "bisonc++"
 
The name of the program generating the parser.
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#define PARSOUT "parse.cc"
 
The name of the file generated by the parser generator (which is used by icmbuild to compare the timestamps of the parser specification s against).
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#define PARSSPEC "grammar"
 
The name of the parser specification file. This file is expected in the directory specified at PARSER_DIR.
 

SCANNER MAINTENANCE

The following directives are available in cases where a program uses a scanner generator creating a lexical scanner class from a set of regular expressions:
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#define SCANNER_DIR ""
 
The subdirectory containing the scanner’s specification file.
If lexical scanner maintenance is not required, then this directive can be omitted. If omitted, then all other directives, that begin with SCAN, can also be omitted.
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#define SCANFILES ""
 
If the lexical scanner specification file named at SCANSPEC itself includes additional specification files, then patterns matching these additional lexer specification files should be specified here. The pattern is interpreted in the directory specified at SCANNER_DIR and could contain a subdirectory name (e.g. specs/*). When files matching the pattern are modified then a new lexical scanner will be created. By default no additional specification files are used.
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#define SCANFLAGS ""
 
The flags to use when calling the program specified at SCANGEN.
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#define SCANGEN "flexc++"
 
The name of the program generating the lexical scanner.
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#define SCANOUT "lex.cc"
 
The name of the file generated by the lexical scanner (which is used by icmbuild to compare the timestamps of the scanner specification s against).
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#define SCANSPEC "lexer"
 
The name of the lexical scanner specification file. This file is expected in the directory specified at SCANNER_DIR.
 

FILES

The mentioned paths are sugestive only and may be installation dependent:
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/usr/share/icmake/CLASSES
 
Example of an icmconf CLASSES file.
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/usr/share/icmake/icmconf
 
Default skeleton icmbuild resource file.
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/etc/icmake
 
Directory containing the default system-wide icmake(1) configuration files (like VERSION and icmstart.rc)
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$HOME/.icmake
 
Optional directory containing user-defined specifications overruling the system-wide definitions. This directory is the proper location for a file AUTHOR defining the AUTHOR directive with the user’s name. E.g., my .icmake/AUTHOR file contains:
#define AUTHOR  "Frank B. Brokken (f.b.brokken@rug.nl)";
 

SEE ALSO

icmake(1), icmbuild(1), icmstart(1), icmstart.rc(7).

BUGS

icmbuild(1) ends displaying a fatal error message if the current working directory does not contain a file icmconf. This is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

AUTHOR

Frank B. Brokken ( f.b.brokken@rug.nl).
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