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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

VCS Checkout

AnonCVS access from


Related Projects

  • FireMake
  • Ccbuild
  • Make
  • Smake
  • Makepp


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv2Janet Casey31 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Rajesh Vaidheeswarran Maintainer
Numerous users. Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)
Savannah (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to buildGNU tar
Required to buildPerl 5.002 or better
Required to buildperl MD5 extension
Required to usePerl 5.002 or better
Required to useperl MD5 extension
Required to buildgzip

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 February 2018.


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