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Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jan 17 2018

What is most valuable?

Lack of any GUI, full-featured declarative syntax, wide adoption. Makefiles are extremely easy to work with using any preferred editor. GNU Make can be run directly from the terminal, not requiring any time wasted on clicking. Full-featured... more»

How has it helped my organization?

GNU Make is such an essential tool that it is almost impossible to imagine working without it. Not having it, developers would probably have to resort to doing everything manually or via shell scripts. Tools such as automake and various IDEs... more»

What needs improvement?

Vanilla GNU Make does not support any kind of colored output. A wrapper named colormake exists to work around this, but native (opt-in) support would be welcome.
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 17 2018

What do you think of GNU Make?

Improvements to My Organization Built projects. • Valuable Features Building projects. • Room for Improvement Tabs. GNU Make requires using the Tab symbol as the first symbol of command line for execution. In some text editors this can be problematic, as they automatically insert spaces instead of tabs. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues No stability issues. • Scalability Issues No scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support There’s no support for this product, it’s open source. • Previous Solutions No previous solution. • Initial Setup Extremely straightforward. • Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing There is no price for this product. No licensing. It’s open-source. • Other Solutions Considered ...


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