drpacs: A simple Unix execution pipeline using make

Teuben, Peter

We describe a simple yet flexible and effective pipeliner for Unix commands. It uses a Makefile (behind the scenes) to define a serial set of commands for your choice of the pipeline. The pipeline commandsshare a common set of parameters by which they can communicate. Pipeline parameters can optionally be made persistent accross multiple runs of the pipeline. Commands must follow a simple convention to retrieve and store parameters. Tools were added to simplify running a large series of pipelines, which can also be run in parallel.

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