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'Make' replacement

Please note, this package is no longer being maintained. CONS is a replacement for 'make.' It is not compatible with make, but it offers features not found in make or other build tools including:

  • integrated dependency analysis (no more "make depend" to generate static lists of .h files)
  • complete, non-recursive dependency analysis across multiple directories;
  • multiple side-by-side variant builds;
  • compilation from MD5 signatures instead of time stamps for determining whether a file is up-to-date
  • extensibility via Perl.

CONS is implemented in Perl. You don't need to know Perl to use CONS, although you can use it more powerfully if you do.


User manual included; user manual available in HTML from


version 2.3.0 (developmental)
released on 31 May 2001

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey31 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Numerous users. Contributor
Rajesh Vaidheeswarran Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer,Help,Support E-mail
Developer,Help,Support E-mail
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use perl MD5 extension
Required to build gzip
Required to build GNU tar
Required to build Perl 5.002 or better
Required to build perl MD5 extension
Required to use Perl 5.002 or better

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 January 2010.


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