LaTeX makefile

Fri 14 February 2014

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As many people writing using efficient tools, I use [latex]LaTeX[/latex]. I divide my work in chapters, each chapter being written in separate .tex file[1. as explained in wikibooks]. I need an efficient way to easily generate the final document[2. including bibliography, index, and table of content]. Here is my solution[3. works with texlive 2013 and GNU/make 3.82], based on a makefile and a main document.

the preambule

The main document looks like:

%{wanted packages}

\title{Great title}








the makefile

the makefile looks like:

SRC=document.tex intro.tex foo.tex bar.tex foobar.tex end.tex   #.tex files
FIG=fig/logo.png fig/seagull.pdf    #fig needed
BIB=rfc.bib math.bib    # bibtex files
TEX=pdflatex    #compiler

all: domcument.pdf  #final target

%.pdf: %.tex %.log %.ind %.bbl %.toc $(SRC) $(FIG) $(BIB)
    while grep -e 'Rerun to get' -e 'run LaTeX again' *.log ; do $(TEX) $< ; done

%.aux %.idx %.toc %.log: %.tex
        $(TEX) $<

%.bbl %.blg: %.aux $(BIB)
        bibtex $< && $(TEX) $*.tex

%.ind: %.idx
        makeindex $< && $(TEX) $*.tex

It is not quite clean, but it works and it is understandable. Implicit variables ($<, $*, ...) are useful but I only found one place where it is documented.

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