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date: Tue Jul 25 11:07:30 AM CEST 2023
Now I am almost sure I am using
here. It seems make purists hate that some (most?) use make as a task
runner of sorts? I forget where I heard this but I remember seeing it in
tech circles like HackerNews or StackOverflow. In anycase I don’t care.
I work as a data engineer. Everything looks like a pipeline or a
transformation to me. :-)
So I had this Makefile and I wanted to run the make-a-venv-environment-for-python if and only if it didn’t exist:
And the key here is the vertical bar
| on line 4.
Order-only prerequisites are never checked when determining if the target is out of date; even order-only prerequisites marked as phony (see Phony Targets) will not cause the target to be rebuilt.
Source: https://www.gnu.org/software/make/manual/make.html#Prerequisite-Types And where I saw this first: https://stackoverflow.com/a/51750366
In other words: Just check that the thing or things after the
| exist but don’t check if they’re newer or anything like
Without this it was running the
env recipe/set of steps
Note: I could also just check for the existence fo the
.venv folder instead of looking for the python3 binary but
since I am going to use the binary in other parts of the makefile I
figured why not.
Text of the makefile copied here for convience.
.ONESHELL: env deps run
PYTHON := .venv/bin/python3
env: | $(PYTHON)
@python3 -m venv .venv
@pip3 install --disable-pip-version-check -q -r requirements.txt
@$(PYTHON) -c "print('hello world')"
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