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bjam output in colours

26 Apr 2009 | mloskot

Recently, I’ve been heavily using Boost Build and bjam utility for building GGL library tests on Linux, so I developed a small tool that makes it easier to visually recognize compilation output by printing bjam messages in colours.

The script is called colorbb and was inspired by colormake written by Bjarni R. Einarsson. Actually, I grabbed Bjarni’s two scripts written in Perl and Shell and adopted it to parse bjam output.


colorbb is a very simple utility and it likely needs to be improved to properly recognize all bjam messages. It’s available from my SVN repository at personal Git repository at

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