Compile: the GoboLinux compilation system

Compile downloads source tarballs, unpacks, compiles and installs them, with a single command, using simple compilation scripts called "recipes". Compile was introduced in GoboLinux 011, but already features a considerable (and ever-growing) number of recipes, and is able to compile all kinds of software, including Glibc, GCC, KDE and the Linux kernel.

Some of Compile's distinctive features:

  • uses the each project's own download site to fetch sources: the GoboLinux repository (or one of its mirrors) is used for downloading recipes only. Recipes can be downloaded explicitly, using the GetRecipe command, or on-the-fly by Compile, when a compilation is requested.
  • minimalistic and declarative-oriented compilation scripts: typical "configure; make; make install" software can be scripted in two lines, greatly easing maintanance.
  • supports GoboLinux-style dependencies: when matching dependencies for a compilation, Compile looks directly into /Programs. No matter how the package was installed -- by a binary package using InstallPackage, compiled from source using Compile, or even compiled by hand by the user -- it can be used by Compile when satisfying dependencies.


Using Compile

As a user, all you need to do is ask Compile to compile your software:
Compile allegro
It will search for an available recipe (doing a case-insensitive search) and do all the work for you. As a potential contributor, you will find Recipes very easy to create. In fact, ease of maintenance was the #1 concern (given that we are still a niche distribution and have limited resources). A real example. This is how a Recipe file for a typical autoconf-based program looks like. Two lines, nothing more:
A more complex example: Zip uses only makefiles. Compile supports it just as well.     
Documentation of the API is maintained in the wiki.

Contributing Recipes

To send your own recipes, simply run the ContributeRecipe command after a successful build! Your contributions are greatly appreciated by the GoboLinux community! (Be sure to put your name in your Compile.conf file so that MakeRecipe credits you as the author in the recipe!)

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