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MK File Format

Makefile (Generic)

MK is a file extension for a makefile. A makefile is used with the UNIX make utility to determine which portions of a program to compile. Essentially, a makefile is a script that guides make  in choosing program files should be be compiled and linked together.

MK files are commonly used with C programming, but can be used with any programming language that can be compiled via a shell command. MK files contain a list of commands involved in updating program files via the relationships described in the makefile. 

MK files can be opened and edited with a text editor, and compiled using the Make command, which is available for BSD, Linux and Unix operating systems.


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This was last updated in September 2010
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