[poppler] RFC: Dropping autotools
ajohnson at redneon.com
Sat Aug 19 11:46:28 UTC 2017
On 18/08/17 07:43, Albert Astals Cid wrote:
> Ok, this is going to be controversial (or maybe not).
> I'd like to drop autotools and just use cmake as build system.
> * I don't use autotools so whenever something new happens i regularly forget
> to try it works there (as proven last time with the nss includes)
> * cmake is more portable (i.e. doesn't uses shell scripts)
> * cmake gets releases more often
> * cmake code is easier to read (for me)
> * AFAICS Not even gnome (which was the "last" big autotools user) plans to
> use autotools anymore
> Only issues:
> * We don't have gtk-doc support
> * We don't have make dist-xz support (which i use for releases)
We need to update INSTALL to document building poppler with cmake. It
needs to cover the various use cases users are likely to need such as
enable/disable features, setting the install prefix, and setting
> But i'm sure both should be fairly easy to add, just never cared to do it
> since the only times i use them are for releases.
Does cmake support cross compilation? I use autotools cross compilation
to build win32 builds.
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