What is AntMake?
AntMake is an Ant-based tool for distributing Java projects
to be used the same way as GNU Autotools projects.
Will I have to use a different folder structure for my
takes the source files it needs, and
copies them to a different folder. In such folder it
prepares all files required to successfully build the
project using GCC (GCJ) or the Java compiler you specify.
Which is the difference between AntMake and any other build
tools, including Ant itself?
AntMake doesn't try to provide a different build system for
Java projects. It just simplifies the packaging of Java
projects as ordinary GNU libraries or applications.
Indeed, it uses both Ant and GNU Autotools.
Anyway, I'm aware of no other tools for converting Java
projects to GNU style. If you know of any, please provide
I'm already using Ant, or my favourite IDE, to build my Java
code. Why should I care about converting it to GNU style?
Are you used to install software using
and make install
? If you do, and if you like such a way,
you could possibly find interesting using the same mechanism
for building and installing Java-based projects.