Is there any way to set system or user wide that make always uses -j3 parameter?

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You could just do

alias make="/usr/bin/make -j3"
  • That will work only in shell, it may not work in IDE like QtCreator but it's one of options. I thought gnumake has some kind of config file Mar 30, 2012 at 14:38
  • OK - have you tried setting CFLAGS to "-j3"? Mar 30, 2012 at 14:57
  • It is not compiler flag Mar 30, 2012 at 14:58

Create a script named make that calls the real make with -j3 and then the other command line parameters. Modify your path so the script is found before the real make, or you could rename the real make to /usr/bin/make.real and place your script in /usr/bin.

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