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> Look at it this way: the Makefile is an executable documentation of how
> to build the module, one that works in the author's platform if not in
> several others. Downstream packagers can then copy/adapt/use whatever they
> can and need from the Makefile.

Ahem.. Is only when a makefile fails to do its job (that is, building
the program) that the user gets enlightened by this second, previously
unknown meaning of the makefile, that is, as a documentation on how to
build the program yourself by hand :)