[webkit-dev] CMake as a build system?

Bill Hoffman bill.hoffman at kitware.com
Fri Apr 16 19:17:26 PDT 2010

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM, Marc-Antoine Ruel <maruel at chromium.org> wrote:
> Thanks Nico for digging up the archive.
> As I said in the other thread, the people at the session mostly looked about
> reducing the number of build system, not forcing anyone to use any tool. If
> some teams wants to switch to CMake, prefect as long as the number of build
> tool reduces. Nobody seemed willing to switch to qtmake. Nobody at the
> meeting advocated for CMake.
> I don't have first-hand experience about CMake but from I only heard midly
> negative comments. The generated xcodeproj and vcproj are far from 'native'
> and from f2f discussion, at least one llvm guy isn't happy about CMake and
> would rather move it off. The 'native' IDE feel was very high in our
> priority list, especially in XCode in fact.

It is as native as we can make it.   However, we do call cmake during
the build at some points, to overcome shortfalls of the build tool.
Also, to re-run cmake if any of the input files change. Also, basic
system commands like cp can be done with cmake -E copy_file so it is


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