[webkit-dev] Moving away from qmake
mrowe at apple.com
Mon Nov 12 05:28:13 PST 2007
On 13/11/2007, at 00:00, Charles Woloszynski wrote:
> 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 qmake-promoters).
> 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?
It would obviously be great if build systems could be shared between
ports, but at the same time I don't think that this desire to share
build systems should introduce obstacles to the adoption of WebKit
ports in the wider open source community. The maintainers of the Qt
and wxWidgets ports have a desire to keep their build systems similar
to those used by the underlying toolkits of their port as it greatly
simplifies their integration work. The same is true of the Apple
ports and their build systems.
While the introduction of another build system would introduce
slightly more overhead for changes that require modifications be made
to the build system, such changes are relatively infrequent and are
typically simple additions or removals of files. The extra work
required would be small in comparison to the benefit that the GTK+
port would gain from using a more native build system.
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