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

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Jul 15 23:20:37 PDT 2009

If you're willing to give it a shot, then that sounds like a fine idea.

  - Maciej

On Jul 15, 2009, at 10:51 PM, Ryan Leavengood wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 4:56 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.
> I would need to discuss it with my student, but what about the brand
> new Haiku port being the gyp guinea pig? For those who don't know, I
> am mentoring a student in the Google Summer of Code for the Haiku
> operating system (http://www.haiku-os.org) and we are working on a
> native Haiku web browser with WebKit as the rendering engine.
> I don't know if our port is any better of a choice than the Wx port,
> since the resources are also small (just two of us for now) and we
> aren't even in the WebKit tree yet, but I think we still might be a
> good choice because:
> 1) We obviously don't yet have a "production" browser using our port
> so breakage isn't an issue. Plus only my student (Maxime Simon) and I
> are working on it.
> 2) I have decent experience with build systems and think I could
> handle working with gyp and writing a new back end.
> 3) Haiku generally uses Jam for building and we would like our port to
> do the same. Rather than adding "Yet Another Build System" to WebKit,
> we could use gyp and write a Jam backend for it. This can therefore
> serve as a test of gyp for another platform as well as for another
> backend.
> I would rather not have to maintain a Jamfile for WebKit if I can
> avoid it, and I certainly don't want to burden the other WebKit
> developers with having to maintain it for what is now (and may forever
> be) a tiny port. Though we certainly hope Haiku's popularity increases
> in the future (it hasn't even had a first release anyhow, so there is
> plenty of room to grow.)
> Anyhow, I'd be interested in hearing what other people think.
> -- 
> Regards,
> Ryan
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