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Building software from source is often viewed as a "solved problem" by software engineers, as there are many mature, well-known tools and techniques. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that these tools often do not effectively address the complexities of building multilanguage software. To investigate this apparent problem, we have performed a qualitative study on a set of five multilanguage open source software packages. Surprisingly, we found build system problems that prevented us fromdoi:10.1109/icsm.2012.6405265 dblp:conf/icsm/NeitschWG12 fatcat:w7guppzxpbalfcgobdk2j2xiv4