[poppler] RFC: Dropping autotools
Albert Astals Cid
aacid at kde.org
Sun Aug 20 10:34:21 UTC 2017
El dissabte, 19 d’agost de 2017, a les 21:16:28 CEST, Adrian Johnson va
> 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.
> > Reasons:
> > * 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
> compiler variables.
Do people actually read that file? :D
I mean it's so generic that i'm not even sure it actually says correct things
for poppler. But yes, either update it or remove it.
> > 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.
> > Comments?
> Does cmake support cross compilation? I use autotools cross compilation
> to build win32 builds.
I can build Android binaries on my laptop using CMake as build system so i
guess i could build win32 binaries too.
> > Cheers,
> > Albert
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