What is BSDBuild?

BSDBuild is a compact, cross-platform build system which follows the Principle of Least Astonishment. Derived from the traditional 4.4BSD make libraries, BSDBuild allows programs and libraries to be built portably using simple BSD-style Makefiles (without BSD make extensions). BSDBuild works on most operating systems and make flavors. BSDBuild is implemented as a make library (i.e., Makefile includes containing Bourne script fragments), so a project's Makefiles don't need to be generated (unless building in a separate directory from source).

BSDBuild can generate Bourne configure scripts, foo-config installation scripts, pkg-config .pc files, Libtool-style .la files and platform-specific application/framework bundles. BSDBuild-generated configure scripts look and function similar to a standard GNU autotools script, although BSDBuild uses a different configure.in language. The base distribution currently includes over 100 built-in Test Modules for detecting and testing the compatibility of various software.

For users of IDEs and development environments where ./configure and make cannot be used, <build.proj.mk> allows IDE project files to be generated automatically for a variety of IDEs.

BSDBuild Components
mkconfigure Generate portable Bourne/POSIX ./configure scripts.
<build.lib.mk> Compile static or shared libraries from sources in Ada, assembly, C, C++, Objective C, Lex or Yacc.
<build.prog.mk> Compile programs from sources in Ada, assembly, C, C++, Objective C, Lex or Yacc.
<build.man.mk> Process mdoc manual page sources into ASCII, PostScript, PDF and HTML output. The included uman manreader can be used for searching and displaying uninstalled manual pages.
<build.dep.mk> Generate source code dependencies ("depend" target).
<build.proj.mk> Automatic generation of "project files" for IDEs such as Code::Blocks and Visual Studio.
<build.www.mk> Compile HTML documents (and optionally language/character set variants) from sources using m4 and xsltproc.
News
07/14/2015 07/14/2015:
New stable release: bsdbuild-3.1

08/10/2012 08/10/2012:
New stable release: bsdbuild-3.0
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