Flymake can be configured to use different tools for performing syntax
checks. For example, it can use direct compiler call to syntax check a perl
script or a call to
make for a more complicated case of a
C/C++ source. The general idea is that simple files, like perl
scripts and html pages, can be checked by directly invoking a
corresponding tool. Files that are usually more complex and generally
used as part of larger projects, might require non-trivial options to
be passed to the syntax check tool, like include directories for
C++. The latter files are syntax checked using some build tool, like
Make or Ant.
All Make configuration data is usually stored in a file called
Makefile. To allow for future extensions, flymake uses a notion of
buildfile to reference the ’project configuration’ file.
flymake-find-buildfile is provided for locating buildfiles.
Searching for a buildfile is done in a manner similar to that of searching
for possible master files.
In case there’s no build file, syntax check is aborted.
Buildfile values are also cached.