[webkit-dev] Please welcome GYP to the our dysfunctional build family

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Fri Jul 10 15:15:14 PDT 2009

I think our number of different build systems is getting out of hand.  
Since gyp is being successfully used to build across platforms, and  
maintained by people who also work on some WebKit ports (and can thus  
likely be adapted to our needs), I'd like to consider whether we can  
use it for Apple's ports, and maybe consider rolling it out to  
additional ports over time. The gyp strategy of creating platform- 
native project files sounds like a good general approach.

  - Maciej

On Jul 9, 2009, at 9:23 PM, Dimitri Glazkov wrote:

> Dear WebKiteurs,
> In our persisting quest to be more like a common WebKit port, we have
> added Chromium build files to the tree this afternoon. These files are
> WebCore/WebCore.gypi and JavaScriptCore/JavaScriptCore.gypi and they
> are the GYP include files. As you may know, we use GYP
> (http://code.google.com/p/gyp) for generating MSVC, XCode, Scons, and
> even Make projects for Chromium.
> We are rather fond of GYP. Perhaps it is because it allows us to
> maintain one set of project files for all three Chromium platforms;
> or maybe because it lets us to do things like WebCore.gypi, where we
> can just mindlessly add all project files to the list and then use
> various neat GYP filtering facilities to narrow them down to sets that
> are relevant for specific builds;
> or maybe because it easifies creating cross-platform and
> cross-build-system targets, actions, and rules;
> or maybe because we just love saying "Gyp!"
> I don't truthfully know.
> What I do know is that starting now, we'd love for you to remember
> WebCore.gypi and JavaScriptCore.gypi when you are adding or removing
> files from WebCore or JavaScriptCore. Thanks to the power of GYP, you
> don't have worry whether this file will be used by Chromium: the rule
> is that if there's a project file change, it applies to the *.gypi
> files. The format is very simple and intuitive, a simple Python/JSONey
> list+dict.
> Thank you for your attention, men and women of WebKit.
> :DG<
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