Re: [dev] [makes] release version 2.0

From: Hadrien Lacour <>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:26:41 +0200

On Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 03:58:29PM +0100, wrote:
> Hello!
> This post is an announcement releasing makes version 2.0.
> makes is a minimal build tool that cleanly separates the user interface from
> the core algorithm that actually performs the build. It supports
> incremental, parallel builds with dependency resolution.
> makes takes on standard input a tab separated values stream of 'build rules'
> with the following format: <output> \t <input-1> \t ... -- <build command>.
> These TSV build scripts can be generated using a shell script, python
> script, a new build UI tool, anything.
> The tool has been proven by building jq and sbase with it. It can also be
> seen as a generalization of gnu parallel, sabotage jobflow this was tested
> by converting a directory tree of flacs to mp3s.
> The repo is here:
> and some example uses can be found here:
> Justification for a new build tool: makes improves upon POSIX make and other
> build systems like waf, cmake, meson etc. in several ways. Unlike make it
> does not require reimplementation of an incompatible version of shell
> language. It is also implemented in 1/1000th the amount of code. Unlike make
> which tries to do everything and falls short (resulting in stuff like
> automake, autoconf, ./configure, etc.), it fulfills the UNIX philosophy of
> doing one thing well by separating concerns. By using an incredible simple
> TSV input format it gives programmers complete freedom and power to specify
> builds using any toolkit they wish, m4, shell, python.

This looks like a ninja (or samurai) replacement, not really a make one. Looks
nice, but when reading your examples, you use #!/bin/sh with stuff like arrays,
you should set to something more approriate.
Received on Mon Aug 13 2018 - 11:26:41 CEST

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