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Rake is a simple ruby build program with capabilities similar to make.

Rake has the following features:

  • Rakefiles (rakes version of Makefiles) are completely defined in standard Ruby syntax. No XML files to edit. No quirky Makefile syntax to worry about (is that a tab or a space?)
  • Users can specify tasks with prerequisites.
  • Rake supports rule patterns to sythesize implicit tasks.
  • Rake is lightweight. It can be distributed with other projects as a single file. Projects that depend upon rake do not require that rake be installed on target systems.

Installed size: 272 KB
How to install: sudo apt install rake

  • ruby

Make-like build utility for Ruby

root@kali:~# rake -h
rake [-f rakefile] {options} targets...

Options are ...
        --backtrace=[OUT]            Enable full backtrace.  OUT can be stderr (default) or stdout.
        --comments                   Show commented tasks only
        --job-stats [LEVEL]          Display job statistics. LEVEL=history displays a complete job list
        --rules                      Trace the rules resolution.
        --suppress-backtrace PATTERN Suppress backtrace lines matching regexp PATTERN. Ignored if --trace is on.
    -A, --all                        Show all tasks, even uncommented ones (in combination with -T or -D)
    -B, --build-all                  Build all prerequisites, including those which are up-to-date.
    -C, --directory [DIRECTORY]      Change to DIRECTORY before doing anything.
    -D, --describe [PATTERN]         Describe the tasks (matching optional PATTERN), then exit.
    -e, --execute CODE               Execute some Ruby code and exit.
    -E, --execute-continue CODE      Execute some Ruby code, then continue with normal task processing.
    -f, --rakefile [FILENAME]        Use FILENAME as the rakefile to search for.
    -G, --no-system, --nosystem      Use standard project Rakefile search paths, ignore system wide rakefiles.
    -g, --system                     Using system wide (global) rakefiles (usually '~/.rake/*.rake').
    -I, --libdir LIBDIR              Include LIBDIR in the search path for required modules.
    -j, --jobs [NUMBER]              Specifies the maximum number of tasks to execute in parallel. (default is number of CPU cores + 4)
    -m, --multitask                  Treat all tasks as multitasks.
    -n, --dry-run                    Do a dry run without executing actions.
    -N, --no-search, --nosearch      Do not search parent directories for the Rakefile.
    -P, --prereqs                    Display the tasks and dependencies, then exit.
    -p, --execute-print CODE         Execute some Ruby code, print the result, then exit.
    -q, --quiet                      Do not log messages to standard output.
    -r, --require MODULE             Require MODULE before executing rakefile.
    -R, --rakelibdir RAKELIBDIR,     Auto-import any .rake files in RAKELIBDIR. (default is 'rakelib')
    -s, --silent                     Like --quiet, but also suppresses the 'in directory' announcement.
    -t, --trace=[OUT]                Turn on invoke/execute tracing, enable full backtrace. OUT can be stderr (default) or stdout.
    -T, --tasks [PATTERN]            Display the tasks (matching optional PATTERN) with descriptions, then exit. -AT combination displays all of tasks contained no description.
    -v, --verbose                    Log message to standard output.
    -V, --version                    Display the program version.
    -W, --where [PATTERN]            Describe the tasks (matching optional PATTERN), then exit.
    -X, --no-deprecation-warnings    Disable the deprecation warnings.
    -h, -H, --help                   Display this help message.

Updated on: 2024-Feb-16