The maven-buildmetadata-plugin is a Maven 2 plugin that helps you easily add build metadata to generated archive artifacts. When a product is running on an application server, this tool can tell you which version of which artifact is currently running on that server, which artifact maps to which source code version in the SCM repository, what configuration set (including profiles and environment variables) has been used to generate the artifact, on which machine was the artifact built, and when was the artifact built. The provided metadata include SCM information, build time, operating system, Java runtime, Maven execution information, build user, build host name, and build version.
The Crossplex package of make macros simplifies the creation of embedded systems, and is powerful enough for large organizations to use for developing elaborate product lines. It allows you to organize many different products under a logical structure, making systems of any complexity easy to specify. When you have many different target platforms, each with multiple different software configurations, Crossplex keeps those configurations from stepping on each other, without requiring redundancy in your source tree. Crossplex allows you to use a single dependency tree encompassing both in-house software and third-party packages, and it is particularly suited to build automation. Crossplex makes it easy to shield your build from the host environment, setting all shell variables explicitly, and giving you complete control over the path that is used at any point in the build. This is nice when you want to support building on a variety of development platforms. Crossplex scales to your needs. You can dabble in the unpacking and patching features as you need them, or you can base your entire system from the ground up on the Crossplex framework. Crossplex supports creation and use of glibc and uClibc toolchains.