I just spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out why my makefile wasn’t working.
Here is my dead simple makefile
Yet when I ran
$ make client the output was always:
make: Nothing to be done for 'client'.
Turns out it had nothing to do with the contents of the makefile, it’s the file name. I named my makefile “MakeFile” which make can’t read by default.
I needed to name my file “makefile”.
If I wanted to leave it named “MakeFile” then I would need to tell make using the
argument. Who has the time for that though.
Bottom line; keep your makefiles lowercase.