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It takes some time to fully apprehend, especially when one's already accustomed to make(1), but there's no comparison in power when comparing these two tools.
Standard rules: - can automatically extract header dependencies for C/C++ (you can customize for you own language) - provide for automatic "clean", "install", "uninstall" rules, so that an automake-like tool is not needed
Jam - make(1) redux /+\ +\ Copyright 1993-2002 Christopher Seiwald and Perforce Software, Inc. \+/ This is Release 2.5 of Jam, a make-like program. License is hereby granted to use this software and distribute it freely, as long as this copyright notice is retained and modifications are clearly marked. ALL WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED. FEATURES -> Jam more»
The Jambase.gz file contains the default builtin rules for jam. It is often useful as a reference, to understand what's going on, as jam is so radically different from make(1). Other useful docs and tutorials are available through http://www.perforce.com/jam/jam.html, in the "White Papers and Examples" section.
jam(1) jam(1) NAME Jam/MR — Make(1) Redux SYNOPSIS jam [-a] [-g] [-n] [-q] [-v] [-d debug] [-f jambase] [-j jobs] [-o actionsfile] [-s var=value] [-t target] [target ...] DESCRIPTION Jam is a program construction tool, like make(1). Jam recursively builds target files from sou more»
jam (2.5rel-1) unstable; urgency=low * Final 2.5 release - using this version string to compensat more»
This package was debianized by Yann Dirson <email@example.com> on Sun, 20 May 2001 It was downloade more»