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Autobuild is a framework for maintaining and building libraries. It acts as director providing a common interface to build and package libraries, but it is not a build system like make or cmake. You will still need platform-specific make, cmake, or project files to configure and build your library. Autobuild will, however, allow you invoke these commands and package the product with a common interface.

KBcaution.png Important: Linden Lab Autobuild is not the same as or derived from GNU Autobuild, but they are similar enough to cause confusion.

For Linden old hands: Autobuild is designed as a replacement for the old lindenlib policies; doing the right thing so you don't have to.

Getting Autobuild

Autobuild is under active development, so it's recommended that you get the latest version and keep it up to date:

  • CD to where you want to install autobuild. Do not have any spaces in the path to this directory.
  • Do:
hg clone
  • Modify your path statement to include the autobuild \bin directory

For setting up Visual Studio to use Autobuild, see Viewer_2_Microsoft_Windows_Builds#Install_Autobuild

Running Autobuild

Building the Viewer

Windows users see: Viewer_2_Microsoft_Windows_Builds

Everyone else see: Building the Viewer with Autobuild (these instructions may still be in a rough form)

Changing or Adding Build Configuration Details


autobuild options sub-command

Supply zero or more options, and one sub-command.


Option Description
--debug Display debug information
--dry-run Run tool in dry run mode if available
--help [command] Find all valid Autobuild tools and show help
--quiet Display minimal output
--verbose Display verbose output
-V, --version Show version information


Sub-command Description
build Build platform targets.
configure Configure platform targets.
edit Manage build and package configuration.
install Fetch and install package archives.
installables Manipulate installable package entries in the autobuild configuration.
manifest Manipulate manifest entries to the autobuild configuration.
package Create an archive of build output.
print Print configuration.
source_environment Print the shell environment Autobuild-based build scripts to use (by calling 'eval').
uninstall Uninstall package archives.
upload Upload tool for autobuild

Background and Tutorials

Autobuild How To
A tutorial introduction to using autobuild
Autobuild Lexicon
A list of terms and how they are used in the context of autobuild
Autobuild Package Layout
Describes the standard directory tree for packages managed with autobuild
Autobuild Quick Start
A basic walkthrough of how to add autobuild management to an existing software project
Autobuild Class Model
Describes the fundamental objects in the autobuild design and the relationships between them.
Autobuild Examples
Links to packages built with autobuild.
Build Script Anatomy
An annotated build script typical of those used to build third party libraries.
Autobuild Shell Functions
A description of all shell functions provided by Autobuild for use in build scripts.

Contributing to Autobuild

Autobuild is open source. Improvements are most welcome.