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9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

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  • Autobuild
    a package that process output from building software, primarily focused on packages using Autoconf and Automake, and then generate a HTML summary file, containing links to each build log. The output include project name, version, build host types (cross compile aware), compiler host name, date of build, and indication of success or failure. The output is indexed in many ways to simplify browsing
  • Autodepend
    keeps track of all file access during a build process and then generates gnu-make dependancies. Autodep-gmake is a ehanced gnu make wich use the autodepend shared object natively
  • autoproject
    interviews the user, then creates a source package for a new program which follows the GNU programming standards. The new package uses autoconf to configure itself, and automake to create the Makefile. `make distcheck' succeed
  • autotools-idl
    autotools-idl is a patch for automake and some autoconf macros which add support for IDL and C++ ORBs. They try to provide full support for compiling IDL files to C++ stubs and skeletons.
  • Bakefile
    a cross-platform, cross-compiler native makefiles generator. It takes compiler-independent description of build tasks as input and generates native makefile
  • Bazel
    Bazel is a tool that automates software builds and tests. Supported build tasks include running compilers and linkers to produce executable programs and libraries, and assembling deployable packages for Android, iOS and other target environments. Bazel is similar to other tools like Make, Ant, Gradle, Buck, Pants and Maven.
  • Buck
    Buck is a build system developed and used by Facebook. It encourages the creation of small, reusable modules consisting of code and resources, and supports a variety of languages on many platforms.
  • Build Audit
    a tool permitting to audit a software build procedure to extract and archive a lot of useful information on the build
  • Build Interceptor
    Build Interceptor is a collection of scripts for recording the .i files generated during a build of C or C++ programs with the gcc tool-chain. No modification to the original build process is necessary.
  • BuildBot
    a system to automate the compile/test cycle required by most software projects to validate code changes. By automatically rebuilding and testing the tree each time something has changed, build problems are pinpointed quickly, before other developers are inconvenienced by the failure
  • Builditis
    Builditis is a build system for C/C++ projects that reads build information from the source files of the project. It flags files for rebuilding based on a checksum. Program builds are organized by directories. It only supports executable builds for now.
  • Buildtool
    a set of utilities which will make your programs more portable and easier to build on any kind of Unix-like system. All the utilities are integrated with each other, which means that they all work together. It is completly free, licensed under the terms of the BSD license
  • cm
    cm is a build management tool similar in spirit to make. It features a clear, powerful language, separate macro and variable namespaces, user-defined procedures, support for multiple build modes and multi-pass builds over complex directory hierarchies, while providing useful abstractions to support compilation on multiple operating systems.
  • CMake
    a cross-platform, open-source make system. CMake is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files. CMake generates native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of your choice
  • Colormake
    Colormake is a simple wrapper that makes the output from make more colorful and error messages easier to spot.
  • configure
    The configure project is a Makefile generator which uses project description files to create simple Makefiles.
  • Confix
    a build and maintenance tool for source code packages. It is built on top of the standard open source tool Automake. It relieves the package maintainer from the burden of having to write complex build instructions by hand
  • Cook
    Cook is a tool for constructing files. It is given a set of files to create, and recipes of how to create them.
  • cppmake
    Cppmake is a front-end to make that builds C++ programs with less effort than writing makefiles manually. Building a C++ program with cppmake is similar to compiling a Java program. The idea is that you specify a classpath and cppmake will automatically find all the classes needed by your program. Once found, all of the classes are compiled and linked into an executable or library.
  • Crossplex
    The Crossplex package of make macros simplifies your builds. It allows you to organize many different products under a logical structure, making systems of any complexity easy to specify.
  • Daybodep
    Daybodep scans C files for header inclusions so that they can be written to the Makefile indirectly.
  • distmake
    distmake is a distributed, parallel, GNU make compatible make program. distmake reads a Makefile, and distributes builds targets over a set of build servers on the network.
  • fastdep
    a fast dependency generator for C/C++ files
  • Fubsy
    Fubsy is a tool for building software. In concrete terms, it lets you conditionally (re)build targets from sources, based on which sources have changed. Typically, targets and sources are all files in a directory tree. In theory, they can be any resource on a computer.
  • Gconfigure
    a shell-script that allows for a more easy building of programs for sources
  • Generic Makefiles
    Generic Makefiles is a collection of makefiles using GNU tools (GNU Make and GCC). They provide automatic dependencies and easy configuration for simple (flat directory) C or C++ projects.
  • genmake
    A small and pretty fast utility that generates Makefile for C/C++ projects. It's written in bash.
  • Gradle
    Gradle is build automation evolved. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else.
  • hbcxx
    hbcxx is a tool that uses the Unix #!/path/to/interpreter shebang technique to make C++ source code directly executable.
  • hmake
    hmake is an intelligent compilation management tool for Haskell programs. It automatically extracts dependencies between source modules, and issues the appropriate compiler commands to rebuild only those that have changed, given just the name of the program or module that you want to build.
  • Intergif
    a platform-independant perl script which parses the output of GNU make to produce useful information on the terminal, such as progress toward completion and current action
  • istrice
    aim of this project is to allow a client to assign the compilation of a source file to a remote server throughout the mediation of a Master Server
  • Jam
    a make(1) replacement that makes building simple things simple and building complicated things manageable
  • jmake
    an automated alternative to creating makefiles for software development under Unix. Using a few basic assumptions, jmake can build libraries and executables for multiple concurrent platforms with minimal effor
  • kdesvn-build
    kdesvn-build is a script to automate the process of downloading, building, and installing KDE from its Subversion source repository. It supports many advanced features such as partial checkout/build of a module, the unsermake build system, incremental make, module checkouts using Subversion snapshots from the site, and repeatable builds.
  • Make
    a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files
  • make utilities
    a set of portable public domain programs designed to support C/C++ projects. It provides tools for build operations outside of the normal compile/link pipeline. It is designed to be unobtrusively included directly in your own project
  • Makeflow
    Makeflow is a workflow engine for executing large complex workflows on clusters, clouds, and grids. Makeflow is very similar to traditional Make, so if you can write a Makefile, then you can write a Makeflow. You can be up and running workflows in a matter of minutes.
    generates C/C++ Makefiles out of short Perl-based templates. However, users are not required to know Perl to use
  • MakeModules
    consists of a collection of "Makefile" snippets each of which defines features for a single task or some related tasks. For instance one snippet defines features for generating programs from C sources, another snippet defines features to generate man pages, while yet another snippet defines features for installing files in various ways. In no way the tasks are limited to programming
  • MakeNG
    a system of makefiles which, in conjuncture with the patch to GNU Make, provide a concise, extensible, logically organized and easily modified system of makefiles
  • makepp
    a drop-in replacement for GNU make which has a number of features that allow for more reliable builds and simpler build files. It supports almost all of the syntax that GNU make supports, and can be used with makefiles produced by utilities such as automake
  • MaKL
    MaKL is a simple and light framework for building multi-platform C/C++ projects, purely based on the Bourne Shell and GNU Make.
  • Meson
    Meson is a research project to determine what would be the optimal syntax and implementation of a next-generation build system.
  • mk-configure
    mk-configure is a lightweight replacement for GNU autotools written in and for bmake (a portable version of NetBSD make).
  • mkconfig
    mkconfig is a build configuration utility. It creates an output file intended to be included as a header file, run as a shell script, used as a configuration file, or any other use.
  • mkDoxy
    parses a makefile and produces HTML documentation of available targets and macros. Only comments starting with ## are considered, so it is easy to control what documentation is generated
  • mkproject
    mkproject ("make project") is a script that makes project skeletons. It automatizes the task of starting a new project with the information provided from the command line. The package created by default is a "hello world" project of the selected skeleton that uses the autotools to be managed.
  • mmake
    generates a Makefile for Java programs. It supports packages, JavaDoc, Cleanup, preprocessor support for version handling, Jar files, Installation, and many more functions
  • MonoOSC
    MonoOSC is a project in two parts: a library in C# to use the openSUSE Build Service (OBS), and a GUI that uses the library.
  • MXE
    MXE (M cross environment) is a Makefile that compiles a cross compiler and cross compiles many free libraries such as SDL and Qt.
  • Nmdepend
    Nmdepend is a lightweight "link-time" dependency analyzer for C++. It uses object files and libraries instead of source-code as input. It can help to manage "cross-directory" dependencies. Dependencies can be visualized in combination with Graphviz.
  • OMake
    a build system similar to GNU make but with many additional features, including support for large projects spanning multiple directories, support for commands that produce several targets at once, fast, accurate, and automated dependency analysis using MD5 digests, portability, and built-in functions that provide the most common features of programs like grep, sed, and awk
  • Organon
    Organon is a tool to manage development projects of any kind, acting as a meta-interface and control center for a developer's favorite development tools.
  • PackManUtil
    PackManUtil is a command line application for simplifying the build and management process for source packages. It was originally written for use with
  • Parabuild
    Parabuild is a quality automated build management server. It helps software teams and organizations of all sizes reduce risks of project failures and increase productivity.
  • pkg-config
    a system for managing library compile/link flags that works with automake and autoconf. It replaces the ubiquitous *-config scripts you may have seen with a single tool
  • pkgconfig
    pkg-config is a system for managing library compile/link flags that works with automake and autoconf. It replaces the ubiquitous *-config scripts you may have seen with a single tool.
  • pkgmake
    pkgmake automates some steps when making software releases. It creates a copy of the development tree, optionally cleans it up a bit (i.e. removes CVS/* and .svn/*), tars it, places the tarball in the SOURCES/ directory, creates the corresponding .spec file from a provided template (and the data specified in the configuration/on the command line), and runs rpmbuild and/or debbuild.
  • POSIX amake
    POSIX amake is a software build tool that adds automatic dependency analysis and target caching to GNU Make.
  • Premake
    Premake is a build configuration tool. Describe your C, C++, or C# software project using a simple, easy to read syntax and let Premake generate the project files for Visual Studio, GNU Make, Code::Blocks, CodeLite, SharpDevelop, or MonoDevelop.
  • Pretty make
    a very small python script that will colorize and organise your make output
  • Prime Mover
    Prime Mover is a small and flexible build tool intended to be used instead of make. It is intended to be deployed with the projects that use it, and does not requires installation to use. It is modular and can be extended using the Lua scripting language.
  • Project Builder
    Project-Builder is a tool that helps you build packages of your application (managed with a tar file or a configuration management system such as CVS or Subversion). It is able to generate a build package skeleton for your project. With simple configuration files, it can generate for up to 20 different tuples of distributions (name, version, architecture), including Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSuSE, Debian, Ubuntu, Gentoo, and Slackware.
  • PTXdist
    PTXdist is a collection of Makefiles under the GNU GPL which are used at Pengutronix for generating userlands. The configuration is done via a KConfig based frontend.
  • PVM Gmake
    a GNU make which uses PVM to build in parallel on several remote machines
  • Qbs
    Qbs (pronounced "Cubes") is the Qt Company's latest build tool, which is planned to be the replacement for qmake in the Qt 6 build system.
  • QuickBuild
    (commercial) QuickBuild is a cross-platform build automation and management server which helps continuous integration or nightly builds. Besides the ability to automate your builds, QuickBuild puts extra emphasis on build management so that your QA/release builds can be generated and managed in a simple and efficient way. Configuration, monitoring, and access to build artifacts are all done through an intuitive web interface. Your development and testing team will have a central area to access the build information.
  • Realize
    Realize is a Go build system with file watchers, output streams and live reload. Run, build and watch file changes with custom paths.
  • relman
    relman is a tool that takes your source code, runs the build, and distributes the packages. A configuration file allows you to define application-wide defaults in addition to information particular to individual projects such as the source directory, package name, and the like. Once set up, you just have to call relman with the name given to the project plus the version to release. It calls pkgmake to build .tar.gz, .deb, and .rpm files, and then distributes them using FTP and/or SCP all in one run.
  • remake
    remake is a patched version of GNU Make that adds improved error reporting, the ability to trace execution in a comprehensible way, and a debugger.
  • RPSL
    Rapid Prototyping Shared Library is a set of bash scripts and utility files that coordinate the GNU autotools and pkg-config for C/C++ build automation. The scripts and procedures define a system for building and linking that supports an individual or small group. A single command (rpslSyncBuild) scans for source, writes a and, and produces a conventional autotools tree ready for the usual "configure, make, make install" build steps.
  • Scconfig
    Scconfig is a single-layer, modular autotools replacement written in ANSI-C (C89).
  • SCons
    an Open Source software construction tool--that is, a build tool; an improved substitute for the classic Make utility
  • SCons Erlang
    Scons Erlang is an add on for SCons, a make/autotools replacement, to compile Erlang projects.
  • sdist
    builds a Makefile.PL for perl scripts, together with the necessary files to make a distribution
  • slkbuild
    slkbuild is a script inspired by makepkg from Arch that greatly simplifies the package building process in Slackware and derivatives.
  • SMake
    SMake is a powerful mechanism to generate standard Makefiles out of skeleton Makefiles which only provide the essential parts.
  • Sol Manager
    Sol Manager is a tool to manage your source files and configuration settings. SolMgr organizes project information in compiler- and platform-independent descriptions and allows conversion to native build scripts, such as makefiles or MS Visual Studio solutions. GUI is provided to visually control project configurations, and to perform everyday project management tasks such as files addition/removal, dependency management etc.
  • tmake
    tmake is an easy-to-use tool to create and maintain makefiles and IDE project files for software projects.
  • tmk
    combines the functionality of a traditional make utility with the power of the Tcl scripting language
  • xmake
    similar to other make's out there, but is specifically designed to allow you to easily construct multiple complex dependencies without getting screwed by default rulesets
  • Yabu
    Yabu is a replacement for the make build tool with some extended features. Yabu's file format is similar, though not compatible with make.
  • yruba
    Yruba provides a rule system similar to make or ant for the shell (bash). It provides a clear separation between a list of dependencies that must be up-to-date before the current task can be performed, an explicit test that checks whether the target is really out-of-date, and a command that finally makes the target.

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