[ADMB Users] makadmb vs. admb
arnima at hafro.is
Wed Mar 17 05:19:15 PDT 2010
Good point, Saang-Yoon. I don't think the new compilation scripts have
been introduced properly.
I wrote the new scripts (adcomp, adlink, admb) to replace a wide variety
of old scripts that had different compiler-dependent names. Some of the
old scripts didn't work, and sometimes there were obvious missing scripts
for a given compiler, left as an exercise for the user.
As you may already have found out, adcomp compiles (C++ -> object code),
adlink links (object code -> executable), and admb builds (translates,
compiles, and links).
The new scripts provide a uniform user interface for all compilers, and
intuitive options for fine control. A simple help page is shown if you run
a script without any arguments, and more details can be found in the
script comments and code.
These scripts should of course be mentioned in the ADMB user manual. The
9.0 version of the manual only mentions 'makeadmb', 'myvcc.bat',
'linkvcc.bat', and 'makedll.bat', which have all been deprecated. A
forthcoming version of the manual will mention the new scripts instead,
and the ADMB-RE manual is already up to date.
Incidentally, I have just released a new set of scripts for GCC (Windows
and Linux) and Borland (Windows) that can be downloaded from:
These are the most current scripts and will also ship with the next
version of ADMB. GCC and Borland are the compilers I have on my machine,
and I hope the ADMB community will maintain similar scripts for other
platforms and compilers. I believe Johnoel Ancheta adapted the scripts for
Sun Studio and Visual C++, and Laurie Kell is currently improving the
Visual C++ scripts.
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010, Saang-Yoon wrote:
> Recently I learned that "admb" is a new command for compilng and
> linking a TPL file. I have been using "makadmb" for several years,
> which still works. I am curious about why "admb" replaces "makadmb"
> and what is a difference between those two commands. Is there any
> place that describes answers to my curiosity? If so, please introduce
> it. Otherwise, would you mind explanining? Thanks,
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