[webkit-dev] CMake as a build system?

Bill Hoffman bill.hoffman at kitware.com
Fri Apr 16 19:01:03 PDT 2010

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM, Nico Weber <thakis at chromium.org> wrote:
> This is from an earlier thread on this issue on webkit-dev:
> """
> We also considered CMake, and had it demonstrably working for some of
> our smaller projects as well.  Unfortunately, transitioning to CMake
> would have required moving everything over at once, without allowing
> for some existing projects to be maintained "by hand" during a
> transition period.  CMake-generated files contain absolute paths, so a
> .tar or .zip of the source tree could not be primed with CMake output,
> complicating the "bootstrapping" process for new contributors.  A less
> significant factor was that CMake introduced an additional binary
> build prerequisite, which would have had to have been installed
> everywhere.  Python is already a prerequisite for Chromium, so a
> Python tool was easier to deploy.

I think you could do it part way.  CMake has a new feature called
external_project that allows you to download/configure/build packages
using any build system.


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