Gradle Versus Make

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I needed to make a rpm from various bits and pieces, some of them java, some of them native.

I thought this was a job for Gradle, rather than Maven, because there was a lot of fiddling with files back and forth. nothing complicated, but still, maven isn't really good at that sort of thing.

After some hacking, I got mad, put my Gradle prototype on a Usb stick and stomped on it and threw it out the window.

In the end I did a Make file, which I should have done from the beginning.

Very few recent build tools present innovative features that are actually worth the bother.