SBuildr - Stupid Buildr

A stupid, simple python-based meta-build system for C++ projects.



  1. RBuild
    • Install Cargo
    • Run cargo install rbuild

Installing from PyPI

pip install sbuildr

Installing from Source

  1. Clone the SBuildr source repository.
  2. Install locally with python install

A Small Example

For this example, we will assume the following directory structure:

├── include
│   └── math.hpp
├── src
│   ├── factorial.cpp
│   ├── factorial.hpp
│   ├── fibonacci.cpp
│   ├── fibonacci.hpp
│   └── utils.hpp
└── tests
    └── test.cpp

The corresponding file might look like this:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import sbuildr
import os

project = sbuildr.Project()

# Build a library using two source files. Note that headers do not have to be specified manually.
# Full file paths are only required in cases where a partial path would be ambiguous.
libmath = project.library("math", sources=["factorial.cpp", "fibonacci.cpp"], libs=["stdc++"])

# Specify that math.hpp is part of the public API for this library.

# Specify a test for the project using the test.cpp source file. The resulting executable will
# be linked against the library created above.
test = project.test("test", sources=["test.cpp"], libs=["stdc++", libmath])

# Enable this script to be used interactively on the command-line

The call to the cli() function allows us to use the script to build interactively in a shell. For example, to run all tests registered for this project, you can run: ./ test. This will configure the project, build all dependencies, and finally run tests.

To view all available commands, you can run ./ --help

API Documentation

For more information, see the API Documentation

Known Limitations

  • SBuildr’s header scanning functionality does not take into account preprocessor #ifdefs. This means that an #include in a false branch will still be used as a dependency during builds. Header scanning will also not work for paths containing escaped characters.