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What's autobuild ?
Autobuild imports, configures, builds and installs various kinds of software packages. It can be used in software development to make sure that nothing is broken in the build process of a set of packages, or can be used as an automated installation tool.
Autobuild config files are Ruby scripts which configure rake to
imports the package from a SCM or (optionnaly) updates it
configures it. This phase can handle code generation, configuration (for instance for autotools-based packages), …
It takes the dependencies between packages into account in its build
process, updates the needed environment variables