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This is a simple wrapper for making the output from make easier to read (more colorful), and errors easier to find in messy compilations. It was inspired by Micheal T. Babcock's excellent logcolorize program.

Files   A perl filter, which colorizes make's output.
colormake      A shell script, which combines make and

The rest is documentation.


cp -fa colormake colormake-short clmake clmake-short /usr/bin/


Type colormake whenever you'd ordinarily type make.

Type clmake for the same effect, but piped through less.

The colormake-short and clmake-short versions of the commands will massage the output so lines do not wrap, but are otherwise the same.

Contributing patches

This project now lives on Github:

Feel free to fork it and send pull requests.


Bjarni R. Einarsson,


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.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.