[webkit-dev] Build File Maintenance (was Re: Please welcome GYP to the our dysfunctional build family)

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Mon Jul 13 14:22:27 PDT 2009

On Jul 13, 2009, at 2:03 PM, Peter Kasting wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 1:56 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com>  
> wrote:
> One belated comment on this topic. It would be neat if some port  
> agreed to be the guinea pig to see if gyp could plausibly work for  
> more than Google's ports. The Wx port probably has the lowest  
> resources of any complete port in the tree, so they might not be the  
> best choice of experimental subject, particularly if for them the  
> process required writing a new gyp back end and if they are not yet  
> entirely comfortable going the gyp route.
> Another note, based on some #chromium conversations: if someone  
> passionate made CMake (or any other tool) into something compelling  
> enough to work better for Chromium than gyp does (or at least to  
> work close-to-as-well), and that tool was more plausible for other  
> ports in the WK tree to adopt, we wouldn't be opposed in principle  
> to using it.  The potential benefits of a shared build system are  
> clear, and we're not trying to tell people that system has to be  
> gyp; we're just probably not prepared to be the ones to go determine  
> other ports' needs and decide on the Build System To Rule Them All.
> If no one wants to do this, but other ports do want to try gyp, we  
> can lend them a hand in checking it out too.  Whatever makes things  
> at least a little easier.

I haven't yet reviewed all the issues, but I personally find gyp to be  
a more plausible choice than CMake based on what I know. I will see  
how Apple's build system folks feel about the matter.


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