How to read a make file in python and access its elements

Ben Finney ben+python at
Tue Jul 23 01:14:08 CEST 2013

san <santosh.ssit at> writes:

> I have a scenario, where i need to load the make file and access its
> elements.  

What do you mean by “elements” of a make file? Is that a term with a
specific meaning, or do you mean some particular parts of the make file?

> I have tried reading the make file as text file and parsing it,but its
> not the ideal solution 

You might be interested in using a library purpose-built for creating a
parser <URL:>.

I'm not aware of any makefile-syntax-aware tool for Python. Your best
option could be to write your own parser using the above library.

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Ben Finney

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