Notes on Makefile -

You are suppose to know how to write a Makefile already. If you don't, you should learn it as soon as possible because your Makefile must work in all your project submissions. There are a few tutorials on make on the web. Here are links to some of them. I have not really read through these pages so I cannot guarantee their correctness.
Windows Makefiles
Please be aware that if you transfer a Makefile from a Windows environment to a UNIX environment, chances are, it will not work. The reason is that a line in a text file in Windows ends with "\r\n" while a line in a text file in UNIX ends with just "\n". The extra "\r" can confuse make on UNIX machines. But I'm sure you can write a small program to fix that.
Compiling Your Code
If you are writing your program in C, you should use gcc as your compiler, rather than cc. Gcc supports function prototypes and other ANSI extensions, which you should use in your programs. The option -Wall turns on most of the useful gcc/g++ warnings. Compiling with this option will find many simple mistakes in your programs. On many platforms you also need to link the network and socket libraries to your program.
We will evaluate your submission by copying all the files you have submitted into an empty directory and then type the following command:
If this does not produce the desired executable(s), you will immediately receive a score of zero for the project. We will not debug your Makefile or your code for you.

How do you make sure that make would work? It's actually very simple.

  • Don't create a Makefile until the last minute! Create one first time you need to compile your code.

  • If you do your development on Windows and expect your code to just compile and run on, you will soon find out how unrealistic your assumption is. I would leave at least 2 days for porting for small projects and 5 days for porting large projects.

  • Write a rule in your Makefile to generate a submittable file in the right format. Do this early! You can also think of this as generating a backup copy of what you have done so far. Copy the backup copy to another place in case you accidentically erase all your files.

  • Testing! Verify your submissions. Create an empty directory on, unpack your test submission, and type make in it! If it doesn't work, fix it right away.

  • Have a working copy ready for submission. When it's 2 hours away from the deadline and your code is not completing working, you should probably consider doing the following.

    1. Fix your code so that it compiles and runs.

    2. Create a submission from your working code and keep it as a backup in case you can't fix your bugs when deadline comes.

    3. Repeat this as you fix more bugs.
When the following command is invoked at the UNIX prompt:
    make clean
all binary files created during compilation (.o files and executable files) must be removed.

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