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Replacement for 'make'

'Jam' is a 'make' replacement that runs on over 50 platforms; most Jamfiles are themselves portable. Because Jam understands C/C++ dependencies, you need not declare header or object files. The built-in Jam rule "Main" handles header file dependencies and object files both automatically and on-the-fly. Before any targets are updated, Jam gathers complete dependency information for C/C++ source files. This lets Jam build as much as possible, instead of stopping on the first build error, avoid building targets if targets on which they depend fail to build, and build across parallel paths with multiple, concurrent processes.


User tutorial available in PDF format from http://www.perforce.com/perforce/conf2001/wingerd/WPLaura.pdf; User manpage available in HTML format from http://public.perforce.com/public/jam/src/Jam.html; User guide available in HTML format from http://public.perforce.com/public/jam/src/Jamfile.html



version 2.6 (stable)
released on 7 August 2014

See http://www.perforce.com/perforce/services.html for a list of companies offering technical support, training, and consulting


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Janet Casey

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Leaders and contributors

Christopher Seiwald Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportE-mailmailto:jamming@perforce.com
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/jam
Python (Ref)https://pypi.org/project/jam
Ruby (Ref)https://rubygems.org/gems/jam

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 April 2018.


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