The Proc backend 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-proc-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, the syntax check is aborted.
Buildfile values are also cached.