[webkit-dev] Moving away from qmake

Charles Woloszynski charles.woloszynski at innocon.com
Mon Nov 12 05:00:31 PST 2007

I am working on a port of WebKit on Qt to a PowerPC platform.  Please  
make sure that we don't break the Qt port in this switch.  I am  
comfortable with autotools, so that is not a big deal for me.  I am  
concerned, however, that this will cause a fork with the work being  
done by the Trolltech folks (since I think that they are primarily  

Can we get some feedback from Trolltech on their ability to accept a  
switch to autotools for Webkit/Qt so we can switch to one new engine  
for all these ports?



On Nov 12, 2007, at 7:14 AM, Robert Norris wrote:

>> If we cannot reach a conclusion, the GTK+ port will most likely go
>> ahead and switch to autotools.
> I'm one person with a highly niche port, but for what its worth I'd
> support a move to autotools.
> I'm doing a port to AROS, which currently means cross-building  
> WebKit on
> Linux. I opted to use qmake because it was the easiest one to get  
> set up
> in a hurry (I have a little GTK+ experience so I could see how to  
> cobble
> together what I needed from the gtk-port stuff). Getting the
> cross-compile happening is a bit of a hack though, and qmake docs are
> rather thin.
> If qmake is as hard to get hold of as you say (I don't actually  
> know, my
> distribution had it packaged), then I really don't want to put that on
> my developers. Besides, eventually we will want to be able to develop
> WebKit natively on AROS. Its highly non-POSIX, but we already have  
> ports
> of most of the tools need to do configure stuff. Since QT is not
> something we'll ever need, a port isn't likely to appear.
> Also cross-building is something I already know how to do with
> autotools, which will mean less effort for me getting it set up.
> 2c.
> Cheers,
> Rob.
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Charles Woloszynski
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