:mak[e][!] [arguments] will start the program referred to by the
makeprg option. By default,
makeprg is set to "make," but can be configured to invoke any appropriate program.
[arguments] (can be several) are passed to
makeprg just as if it had been invoked with
The output of the invoked program is parsed for errors according to the
'errorformat' option. If any errors are found, the quickfix window is opened to display them.
:cprev can be used to cycle between errors displayed in the quickfix window.
:cc will jump to the error under the cursor.
It should be noted that on systems where gnumake is installed and properly configured, there is generally no need to define
&makeprg to anything but its default value to compile mono-file projects. Thus, in C, C++, Fortran... just type
:make %< to compile the current file. According the source file is in the current directory,
:!./%< will execute it. Compilation options can be controlled through
$LDFLAGS, etc. Consult the documentation of
make regarding implicit rules.