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What is it? ----------NAnt is a .NET based build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. In practice it's a lot like Ant.

If you are not familiar with Jakarta Ant you can get more information at the Ant project web site (http://ant.apache.org/).

Why NAnt? --------Because Ant was too Java specific. Because Ant needed the Java runtime. NAnt only needs the .NET or Mono runtime.

The Latest Version -----------------Details of the latest version can be found on the NAnt project web site http://nant.sourceforge.net/


----README.txt Makefile - This file. - Makefile for compilation with GNU Make.

Makefile.nmake - Makefile for compilation with Microsoft NMake.

Compilation and Installation ----------------------------

a. Overview ----------The compilation process uses NAnt to build NAnt.

The approach is to first compile a copy of NAnt (using make/nmake) for bootstrapping purpose. Next, the bootstrapped version of NAnt is used in conjunction with NAnt build file (NAnt.build) to build the full version.

b. Prerequisites ---------------To build NAnt, you will need the following components:

Windows -------

* A version of the Microsoft .NET Framework

Available from http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/

You will need the .NET Framework SDK as well as the runtime components if you intend to compile programs.

Note: NAnt currently supports versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.5, and 4.0 of the Microsoft .NET Framework.


* Mono for Windows (version 2.0 or higher)

Available from http://www.mono-project.com/downloads/

Linux/Unix ----------

* GNU toolchain - including GNU make

* pkg-config

Available from: http://www.freedesktop.org/Software/pkgconfig

* A working Mono installation and development libraries (version 2.0 or higher)

Available from: http://www.mono-project.com/downloads/

b. Building the Software ------------------------

Build NAnt using Microsoft .NET:

GNU Make -------make install MONO= MCS=csc prefix=<installation path> [DESTDIR=<staging path>] [TARGET=<nant target>]

eg. make install MONO= MCS=csc prefix="c:\Program Files" TARGET=net-2.0

NMake ----nmake -f Makefile.nmake install prefix=<installation path> [DESTDIR=<staging path>] [TARGET=<nant target>]

eg. nmake -f Makefile.nmake install prefix="c:\Program Files" TARGET=net-4.0

Building NAnt using Mono:

GNU Make -------make install prefix=<installation path> [DESTDIR=<staging path>] [TARGET=<nant target>]

eg. make install prefix="c:\Program Files" TARGET=mono-4.0

NMake ----nmake -f Makefile.nmake install MONO=mono CSC=mcs prefix=<installation path> [DESTDIR=<staging path>] [TARGET=<nant target>]

eg. nmake -f Makefile.nmake install MONO=mono CSC=mcs prefix=/usr/local/


These instructions only apply to the source distribution of NAnt, as the binary distribution contains pre-built assemblies.

Documentation ------------Documentation is available in HTML format, in the doc/ directory.


------Copyright (C) 2001-2012 Gerry Shaw

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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