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5.6.4 The `--print-directory' Option

If you use several levels of recursive make invocations, the `-w' or `--print-directory' option can make the output a lot easier to understand by showing each directory as make starts processing it and as make finishes processing it. For example, if `make -w' is run in the directory `/u/gnu/make', make will print a line of the form:

make: Entering directory `/u/gnu/make'.

before doing anything else, and a line of the form:

make: Leaving directory `/u/gnu/make'.

when processing is completed.

Normally, you do not need to specify this option because `make' does it for you: `-w' is turned on automatically when you use the `-C' option, and in sub-makes. make will not automatically turn on `-w' if you also use `-s', which says to be silent, or if you use `--no-print-directory' to explicitly disable it.

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