ANNOUNCE: SCons (Python build tool) development under way

Peter Hansen peter at
Fri Jul 13 08:11:42 CEST 2001

[order of quoting corrected]

simonb at wrote:
> Steven Knight wrote:
> >This is to announce that active development of SCons is now underway at:
> >
> >

> So this is not just for a python project (i can't see why
> you would need any "make" utility for a (purely) python project),
> but as a real replacement for make?
> ie. reads makefiles and such?
> Well, im rather confused about this...

Well, if it will help, since maybe you didn't click on the 
conveniently included link, 

"SCons is ... an improved substitute for the classic Make 

 What makes SCons better? 

 * Configuration files are Python scripts--no new syntax to 
 * Global view of all dependencies--no more multiple build passes or reordering targets to build everything.
Reliable detection of build changes using MD5 signatures, not timestamps. 
Reliable, automatic dependency analysis--no more "make depend" / "make clean" to get all of the dependencies. 
Easily extensible through user-defined builders. 
Building from central repositories of source code and/or pre-built targets.

Peter Hansen, P.Eng.
peter at

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