[PATCH rendercheck 0/5] Convert to meson.

walter harms wharms at bfs.de
Sun Mar 26 21:40:34 UTC 2017

Am 24.03.2017 22:13, schrieb Mark Kettenis:
>> From: Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net>
>> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:17:45 -0700
>> Having bitten off a bit more than I can chew in 3 days with the X
>> Server (hw/xfree86/sdksyms.c is the worst), I decided to take a quick
>> pass at converting a project that's my own fault.
> Seems I missed some discussion somewhere...
> While I understand your frustrations with autoconf, moving to build
> infrastructure that relies on tools like Python and Ninja would have
> serious consequences for the way we integrate X into OpenBSD.  We
> build the entire base OS, which includes X, with tools that are part
> of the base OS.  That would become pretty much impossible if various X
> projects go this way.
> This is the first I've heard about Meson.  That in itself doesn't fill
> me with confidence.  But the Meson documentation doesn't really
> mentioned how you'd do configure-style checks like checking whether a
> particular header file is present or whether a library defines a
> certain function.  I suspect the answer is that people using Meson
> don't do such tests and don't feel the need to do such tests because
> they just check whether you're running on Windows, MacOS X or Linux
> and make assumptions that things are present based on just that.  Your
> new meson build system doesn't check whether the err.h file exists or
> whether the C compiler supports the -Wshadow option for example.  It's
> not really surprising that Meson is much faster if you cut out all
> those checks.  Unfortunately this approach tends to yield rather
> unportable software.
> You can probably cut quite a bit of time from the autoconf configure
> script run time by removing silly checks like checking for standard C
> headers and such.

I do not like the idea either. Autotools are far from perfekt but do
there job and you do not need more that the macros provided what you
can get from freedektop git.
The last time i tried a phyton installer (a few weeks ago) i found my
self downloading different moduls for all over the net and in the end
it did not work at all. At last i did the install by hand. This was
not the first time, and i fear not the last time.

Since imake several attempts have been done and to be fair i found them not
convincing. things can get much more worse than autotools.


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