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makepp

Makepp, a build program that has a number of features that allow for reliable builds and simpler build files, is a drop-in replacement for GNU make. It supports almost all of the syntax that GNU make supports, and can be used with makefiles produced by utilities such as automake. It is called makepp (or make++) because it was designed with special support for C++, which has since been extended to other languages like Swig or embedded SQL. Some features that makepp adds to make are: greatly improved handling of builds that involve multiple makefiles (recursive make is no longer necessary); automatic scanning for include files; rebuilds triggered if build command changes; checksum-based signature methods for reliable builds, smart enough to ignore whitespace or comment changes; extensibility through Perl programming (within your makefile); repositories (automatically importing files from another tree); and build caches (not recompiling identically what a user of the same cache already did).

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  •  19 Mar 2012 21:54

    Release Notes: Over seven years and innumerous changes; almost a complete rewrite of version 1.40.1 with many new features. One core feature has always been smart signatures for C-like languages, not recompiling if only comments or whitespace changed. This is now easily extensible to any suffix or filename. The same is now also available for XML files, with a choice of two parsers.

    •  04 Mar 2012 17:33

      Release Notes: Only a few minor bugs were reported and fixed since rc2. Many files were touched due to spell checking of documentation and comments.

      •  11 Jan 2012 22:34

        Release Notes: Only few minor bugs were reported since rc1, and all have been fixed. The major change is installation of HTML documentation in a new format, the same one that is also used for the newly designed Web site.

        •  20 Nov 2011 18:59

          Release Notes: After seven years and many changes, this is almost a complete rewrite of version 1.40.1, with many new features. One core feature has always been smart signatures for C++ like languages, i.e. not recompiling if only comments or whitespace changed. Since the last snapshot, this has become easily extensible to any suffix or filename. The same is now also available for XML files, with a choice of two parsers.

          •  15 Dec 2004 19:53

            Release Notes: Support for new command line options: -n (to display commands that would execute rather than executing them), --assume-old, --assume-new, --dont-build, and --keep-repository-symlinks. Client-server mode for fast startup. A rewritten interface to handle scanning for include files. Support for verilog. Many bugfixes. Support for GNU make's define statement. Reorganized and corrected documentation.

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