In order to create directories, we use "order-only" make dependencies, e.g.
build/foo.o : foo.c foo.h | $$(dir $$@)/. gcc $< -o $@
Dependencies after the
| are order-only, i.e. we only require that the directory exists, not that
build/foo.o is newer than it. The doubled-dollars are because this needs to happen during the second-expansion phase, as $@ is not available during the first-expansion. The
/. on the end is because make will normalise
foo/bar, so we couldn't use a
%/ rule to create the directories. We therefore use a