Update: Some of the techniques used in Dolt have since gone into upstream libtool. The remainder of Dolt needs updating for current libtool and whitelisting for additional target architectures. The Dolt project still has potential as a minimal libtool replacement, but it needs a maintainer. Anyone interested in taking over maintenance of Dolt should contact the Dolt mailing list.
Dolt provides a drop-in replacement for libtool that significantly decreases
compile times on the platforms it supports. Rather than the libtool approach
of running a large script for every compile that repeatedly figures out how to
build libraries on the platform, dolt figures out those details at configure
time and writes out a minimal
doltcompile script containing only the commands
needed to build a library on the current platform.
If you use automake, autoconf, and libtool, then using dolt just requires two steps:
DOLTafter the call to
dolt.m4to your project's
For any platform Dolt does not support, it will transparently fall back to libtool.
Why the name "dolt"?
I started out by writing a simple script to run from the automake variable
LTCOMPILE, so I called it
doltcompile, for "do ltcompile". The alternate
reading "dolt compile" led to the name "dolt".
Dolt uses the Git version control system. You can obtain the most recent version of dolt directly from the Git repository with the command:
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/dolt
You can also browse the Git repository via gitweb.
You can get the latest snapshot of