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I keep having to do a lot of custom steps. Git clone from a github repository, run autconf, then configure, then make. Then copy a few folders there, to make the other thing compile, then add a few lines to a script downloaded from github to make it work on my machine.... is there any easy way to write something to automate all this?

I have read about Vagrant, but it uses Virtualbox. I'm doing C++ development over multiple monitors, I don't think that's the right choice for me.

Only choice is to write myself a few custom shell scripts for each project setup then?

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You maybe able to do it in couple of ways using multiple open source software and some scripts. For a start see -- https://juju.ubuntu.com/

Also, see this post for CI (which I believe is what you need) -- http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5653372/buildbot-vs-hudson-jenkins-for-c-continuous-integration

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