If your project has several templates and you get sick of typing
``cheetah compile FILENAME.tmpl'' all the time-much less remembering which
commands to type when-and your system has the
command available, consider building a Makefile to make your life easier.
Here's a simple Makefile that controls two templates, ErrorsTemplate and
InquiryTemplate. Two external commands,
depend on ErrorsTemplate.py. Aditionally, InquiryTemplate
itself depends on ErrorsTemplate.
all: inquiry receive .PHONY: all receive inquiry printsource printsource: a2ps InquiryTemplate.tmpl ErrorsTemplate.tmpl ErrorsTemplate.py: ErrorsTemplate.tmpl cheetah compile ErrorsTemplate.tmpl InquiryTemplate.py: InquiryTemplate.tmpl ErrorsTemplate.py cheetah compile InquiryTemplate.tmpl inquiry: InquiryTemplate.py ErrorsTemplate.py receive: ErrorsTemplate.py
Now you can type
make anytime and it will recompile all the templates
that have changed, while ignoring the ones that haven't. Or you can
recompile all the templates
receive needs by typing
Or you can recompile only ErrorsTemplate by typing
make ErrorsTemplate. There's also another target, ``printsource'':
this sends a Postscript version of the project's source files to the printer.
The .PHONY target is explained in the
make documentation; essentially,
you have it depend on every target that doesn't produce an output file with
the same name as the target.