>.dep file creation when using gnu make system.

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http://forums.fedoraforum.org – Could someone please let me know what program creates the .dep directory and files in "c" source code when using the gnu make and auto suite of tools to produce make files. The source code I have is fairly old and incomplete in this area and my search and reading man pages and tutorials has not resulted in resolving what program actually creates these dependency files which contain the full path to the include files in the source code for each source code file. As these files are not being created, but a empty dummy file is created instead the gnu compiler is bailing out as it canno (HowTos)