## Wednesday, July 27, 2011

### GNU Make Recursive Wildcard Function

A reader wrote in to ask me about an old message in a mailing list where I'd defined a recursive version of GNU Make's wildcard function.

Unfortunately, there's an error in that message and the correct function is as follows:
rwildcard=$(foreach d,$(wildcard $1*),$(call rwildcard,$d/,$2)
$(filter$(subst *,%,$2),$d))

Usage is as follows. First, all C files in the current directory (or below).
$(call rwildcard,,*.c)  Then all C files in /tmp: $(call rwildcard,/tmp/,*.c)

Multiple patterns can be used. Here are all C and H files: