Based on the following Linux commits:
- 54a702f70589 ("kbuild: mark $(targets) as .SECONDARY and remove
- 8e9b61b293d9 ("kbuild: move .SECONDARY special target to
GNU Make automatically deletes intermediate files that are updated
in a chain of pattern rules.
Example 1) %.dtb.o <- %.dtb.S <- %.dtb <- %.dts
Example 2) %.o <- %.c <- %.c_shipped
A couple of makefiles mark such targets as .PRECIOUS to prevent Make
from deleting them, but the correct way is to use .SECONDARY.
Prerequisites of this special target are treated as intermediate
files but are never automatically deleted.
When make is interrupted during execution, it may delete the target
file it is updating if the file was modified since make started.
If you mark the file as precious, make will never delete the file
Both can avoid deletion of intermediate files, but the difference is
the behavior when Make is interrupted; .SECONDARY deletes the target,
but .PRECIOUS does not.
The use of .PRECIOUS is relatively rare since we do not want to keep
partially constructed (possibly corrupted) targets.
.SECONDARY with no prerequisites causes all targets to be treated as
secondary. This agrees the policy of Kbuild.
scripts/Kbuild.include seems a suitable place to add it because it is
included from almost all sub-makes.
Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <firstname.lastname@example.org>