Clawpack Makefiles

In most directories with a Makefile you can type:

$ make help

to find out what options are available.

Applications directory Makefiles


In applications directories, compiling and running the code can usually be accomplished via:

$ make .output

This checks dependencies using the data of the hidden file .output that is created after the code has successfully run. If any Fortran codes have been modified since this date, the code is first recompiled. If the script has been changed more recently, then the data files are first recreated.

If you want to re-run the code and you get:

$ make .output
make: `.output' is up to date.

then you can force it to run again by removing the file .output:

$ rm -f .output
$ make .output

This happens for example if you changed something that you know will affect the output but that isn’t in the Makefile’s set of dependencies, or if the code bombed or was aborted before completion.

The hidden file .output contains a single line, which is the path to the directory where the output resides (as specified by the CLAW_outdir variable in the Makefile). This file is used by the interactive plotting routines, as described in Plotting options in Python.

Starting in 4.5.1, you can also do

$ make output

(with no dot before output) to run the code without checking dependencies. This is sometimes handy but note that...


If you modify the setrun function and then do make output, it will not use the new parameter values. You must do make .data to regenerate the data files used by Clawpack. This would be done automatically by make .output, for which .data is a dependency.


In applications directories, plotting results computed by Clawpack can generally be accomplished via:

$ make .plots

This checks dependencies using the date of the hidden file .plots.

This creates a set of webpages that show the plots, as described further in Plotting options in Python. There are other interactive plotting options also described there.

Starting in 4.5.1, you can also do

$ make plots

(with no dot before plots) to plot the output without checking dependencies. This insures that the code will not be run again and is sometime safer than make .plots, which may attempt to run the code if something appears out of date.


A number of variables are defined in the Makefiles of application directories. For example, output is directed to the subdirectory specified by the variable OUTDIR. To change this, simply modify the Makefile before typing “make .output”. Alternatively, you can modify the variable from the command line, e.g.:

$ make .output OUTDIR=run1

to direct output to a subdirectory named run1.

Compiler flags

Compiler flags can be changed by modifying the FFLAGS variable in the Makefile. If you change compiler flags you will generally need to recompile all the Fortran files and the Makefile dependencies will not detect this. To force recompilation of all files, use the “make new” option, e.g. to recompile with the -g flag for debugging:

$ make new FFLAGS=-g


Some significant changes to Makefiles are contemplated for Clawpack 5.0.

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