Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.
Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, but without Make's wrinkles.
GNU Autoconf is part of the GNU Build System.
GNU Autoconf is a heavily used portability-enabling tool for UNIX-like systems, especially in free software projects. It is a compiler for a domain-specific-language for describing library, header, and function dependencies of a project. It generates a shell script that can be run before building a package to customize the build to the system.
GNU Automake is a part of the GNU build system, along with GNU Autoconf and GNU Libtool.
GNU Automake is a tool to create portable makefiles to manage the building and distribution of source code projects.
Rake is a Ruby make-like utility using standard Ruby syntax for the build specification file.
GNU Libtool hides the complexity of using shared libraries behind a consistent, portable interface. GNU Libtool ships with GNU libltdl, which hides the complexity of loading dynamic runtime libraries (modules) behind a consistent, portable interface.
NAnt is a Ant like build tool for .NET
CMake is a cross-platform, open-source build system. It 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 cour choice, such as GNU Make, Visual Studio, and Xcode.
pkg-config is a helper tool used when compiling applications and libraries. It helps you insert the correct compiler options on the command line so an application can use gcc -o test test.c `pkg-config --libs --cflags glib-2.0` for instance, rather than hard-coding values on where to find glib (or other libraries). It is language-agnostic, so it can be used for defining the location of documentation tools, for instance.
The MacPorts Project's main goal is to provide an easy way to install various open-source software products on the Darwin OS family (OpenDarwin, Mac OS X and Darwin)
There are currently about 5600 completed and usable ports, with more being added on a regular basis.
Hudson is an automated build system for a team as well as a system that monitors automated jobs (such as cron jobs)
SCons is a software construction tool (build tool substitute for Make) implemented in Python. It features a modular build engine that can be embedded in other software. SCons configuration files are Python scripts that call the build engine API. It can scan files to detect dependencies automatically and maintain a global view of all dependencies in a build tree, and uses MD5 signatures to detect changed file contents reliably. Timestamps can be used if you prefer. SCons also supports parallel bu...
CruiseControl is a framework for a continuous build process. It includes, but is not limited to, plugins for email notification, Ant, and various source control tools. A Web interface is provided to view the details of the current and previous builds.
The FreeBSD Ports and Packages collection is used to install and manage software on the FreeBSD operating system.
PHing Is Not GNU make; it's a project build system based on Apache Ant. You can do anything with it that you could do with a traditional build system like GNU make, and its use of simple XML build files and extensible PHP "task" classes make it an easy-to-use and highly flexible build framework. Features include file transformations (e.g. token replacement, XSLT transformation, Smarty template transformations), file system operations, interactive build support, SQL execution, CVS operations, too...
The BuildBot is 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. The guilty developer can be identified and harassed without human intervention. By running the builds on a variety of platforms, developers who do not have the facilities to test their changes everyw...
The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. It modifies Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X and makes it available for download as a coherent distribution. Fink uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful binary package management. You can choose whether you want to download pre-compiled binary packages or build everything from source.
Continuum is a continuous integration server for building Java based projects. It supports a wide range of projects.
When you type "perl Makefile.PL" the Makefile is generated by MakeMaker.
MakeMaker is a very cross-platform, Makefile generation tool specific to installing Perl modules. It works on every operating system that Perl does, and that means a LOT of operating systems. All Unixen, all versions of Windows and yes, VMS. MakeMaker works with many different flavors and versions of make including GNU make, nmake, dmake, mms and mmk.
If you're looking for some hard core cross platform code, ...
Portupgrade (aka pkgtools) is a tool set for working with FreeBSD ports and packages. It enhances abilities of the system tools and adds many new ones.