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Build tool intended as a substitute for 'make.'

'SCons' is a software construction tool (build tool substitute for Make). 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 scans files to detect dependencies automatically, maintains a global view of all dependencies in a build tree, supports parallel builds, and uses MD5 signatures (optionally timestamps) to detect changed file contents reliably.


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Download version 2.5.1 (stable)
released on 3 November 2016

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X11Janet Casey18 August 2004

Leaders and contributors

Steven Knight Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Required to usePython 1.5.2 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 March 2017.


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