A (mostly) POSIX-compatible make implemented in Rust. Not explicitly aiming for full support for every GNU make feature, but adding whichever features are strictly necessary to be compatible with existing GNUish makefiles.

You can get slightly more info by running with RUST_LOG=makers=warn, much more info with RUST_LOG=makers=debug, and an avalanche of info (probably only useful in small doses for debugging your makefile or makers itself) with RUST_LOG=makers=trace. For more specific configuration, see the documentation for the env_logger Rust crate.


  • internationalization (LANG/LC_ALL/LC_CTYPE/LC_MESSAGES) not implemented
  • XSI conformance (SCCS integration) not implemented
  • signal handling not implemented
  • library handling not implemented
  • some POSIX-specified features are pending (search TODO for a list)
  • builtin macro MAKE is defined as the path to makers
  • specifying the .POSIX special target doesn't opt out of extensions (but you can install with --no-default-features to get only POSIX behavior)


i haven't written unit tests for most of makers, but there are integration tests that try to build various make-based projects with makers.

specific projects tested:

list of features that are needed for version 1.0:

  • tested with Linux
  • unit tests for most of the things
  • no TODOs left


v0.7.0 - 2021-04-13

  • implement GNU-style functions abspath, firstword
  • implement GNU-style scoped inference rules ("static patterns")

v0.6.1 - 2021-04-06

  • make export/unexport actually persist so they're available while executing

v0.6.0 - 2021-04-06

  • implement GNU-style functions findstring, realpath, dir, lastword, words, subst, error, word, patsubst, addsuffix
  • provide GNU-style built-in variables MAKECMDGOALS, CURDIR, MAKEFILE_LIST
  • fix broken handling of nested conditionals
  • try to build a missing included makefile before hard-erroring
  • implement GNU-style export/unexport directives

v0.5.0 - 2021-04-04

  • add verbose logging
  • partially fix $< (old: all dependencies, new: first dependency, spec: first dependency added by inference rule)
  • set the $(MAKE) built-in macro to the full path to makers if it can be found
  • change %-matching to reject partial pattern matches but allow all characters in %
  • implement GNU-style functions and, or, strip

v0.4.0 - 2021-04-03

  • fix newline handling so escaped newlines & conditional lines work the way they're supposed to
  • implement GNU-style %-matching inference rules
  • dependencies of .PHONY special target are now always assumed out-of-date until rebuilt, regardless of filesystem status
  • give user-defined inference rules priority over built-in ones

v0.3.0 - 2021-04-03

  • allow installing with --no-default-features for pure-POSIX compatibility
  • implement GNU-style functions if, origin, shell (doesn't set .SHELLSTATUS), eval
  • implement GNU-style define blocks
  • improve error reporting

v0.2.0 - 2021-04-01

  • partially implement GNU-style conditionals (only parentheses around arguments are supported)
  • implement some GNU-style functions: filter, filter-out, sort, notdir, basename, addprefix, wildcard, foreach, call
  • improve error reporting for parse errors

v0.1.0 - 2021-03-25

  • initial release



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Canonically pronounced /ˈmeɪ.kɹɪz/ (as though saying "make risotto" but giving up halfway through).