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I would like to create an alias in the .bashrc file that calls make on a makefile. I am not sure what I am doing wrong or what is happening. I specify to make what folder to change execution to and what makefile to use. I am using the following line in .bashrc:

alias make_test="make clean --c /home/bobby/Documents/program -f /home/bobby/Documents/program/Makefile"

The result is

rm -rf src/*.o app_exec

make: Nothing to be done for '/home/bobby/Documents/program'.

Make seems to be reading something relevent; it is the correct output for the clean command. But there is no effect besides the printing; nothibg has been cleaned. The makefile works when run from the directory with the command line. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Are you doing exactly the same command (without alias)?, and from the same current working directory? – ctrl-alt-delor Jan 24 at 8:31
  • No, I meant calling "make clean from the directory". Uncle Billy's answer is correct. – rur2641 Jan 24 at 13:28
  • Yes I know. I asked to make you think. – ctrl-alt-delor Jan 24 at 14:42
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The --c is interpreted as --check-symlink-times, and /home/bobby/Documents/program as a target.

If you wanted it to change to that directory, you should've used -C /home/bobby/Documents/program (uppercase C and a single dash).

nothibg has been cleaned.

You were lucky.

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