How to get current relative directory of your Makefile?


Answers

As taken from here;

ROOT_DIR:=$(shell dirname $(realpath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST))))

Shows up as;

$ cd /home/user/

$ make -f test/Makefile 
/home/user/test

$ cd test; make Makefile 
/home/user/test

Hope this helps

Question

I have a several Makefiles in app specific directories like this:

/project1/apps/app_typeA/Makefile
/project1/apps/app_typeB/Makefile
/project1/apps/app_typeC/Makefile

Each Makefile includes a .inc file in this path one level up:

/project1/apps/app_rules.inc

Inside app_rules.inc I'm setting the destination of where I want the binaries to be placed when built. I want all binaries to be in their respective app_type path:

/project1/bin/app_typeA/

I tried using $(CURDIR), like this:

OUTPUT_PATH = /project1/bin/$(CURDIR)

but instead I got the binaries buried in the entire path name like this: (notice the redundancy)

/project1/bin/projects/users/bob/project1/apps/app_typeA

What can I do to get the "current directory" of execution so that I can know just the app_typeX in order to put the binaries in their respective types folder?




THIS_DIR := $(dir $(abspath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST))))



Putting together the examples given here, this gives the full path to the makefile:

# Get the location of this makefile.
ROOT_DIR := $(dir $(abspath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST))))



Here is one-liner to get absolute path to your Makefile file using shell syntax:

SHELL := /bin/bash
CWD := $(shell cd -P -- '$(shell dirname -- "$0")' && pwd -P)

And here is version without shell based on @0xff answer:

CWD=$(abspath $(patsubst %/,%,$(dir $(abspath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST))))))

Test it by printing it, like:

cwd:
        @echo $(CWD)



I like the chosen answer, but I think it would be more helpful to actually show it working than explain it.

/tmp/makefile_path_test.sh

#!/bin/bash -eu

# Create a testing dir
temp_dir=/tmp/makefile_path_test
proj_dir=$temp_dir/dir1/dir2/dir3
mkdir -p $proj_dir

# Create the Makefile in $proj_dir
# (Because of this, $proj_dir is what $(path) should evaluate to.)
cat > $proj_dir/Makefile <<'EOF'
path := $(patsubst %/,%,$(dir $(abspath $(lastword $(MAKEFILE_LIST)))))
cwd  := $(shell pwd)

all:
    @echo "MAKEFILE_LIST: $(MAKEFILE_LIST)"
    @echo "         path: $(path)"
    @echo "          cwd: $(cwd)"
    @echo ""
EOF

# See/debug each command
set -x

# Test using the Makefile in the current directory
cd $proj_dir
make

# Test passing a Makefile
cd $temp_dir
make -f $proj_dir/Makefile

# Cleanup
rm -rf $temp_dir

Output:

+ cd /tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3
+ make
MAKEFILE_LIST:  Makefile
         path: /private/tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3
          cwd: /tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3

+ cd /tmp/makefile_path_test
+ make -f /tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3/Makefile
MAKEFILE_LIST:  /tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3/Makefile
         path: /tmp/makefile_path_test/dir1/dir2/dir3
          cwd: /tmp/makefile_path_test

+ rm -rf /tmp/makefile_path_test

NOTE: The function $(patsubst %/,%,[path/goes/here/]) is used to strip the trailing slash.