[webkit-dev] Buildsystem cleanup

Justin Haygood justin.haygood at reaktix.com
Mon Apr 8 13:13:13 PDT 2013

What would it take to switch build-webkit, et al to the VS2010 build? (VS2010 does work manually though, if you run build-webkit at least once, let it fail since it can't find VS2005/VS2008, and then build it from the solution file)

From: webkit-dev-bounces at lists.webkit.org [mailto:webkit-dev-bounces at lists.webkit.org] On Behalf Of Roger Fong
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2013 3:26 PM
To: Patrick Gansterer
Cc: WebKit Development
Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] Buildsystem cleanup

Unfortunately this would cause a lot of complication in our internal build setup that we currently don't really have the resources to deal with right now.

It would be nice to unite all the build systems at some point in the future but we're going to push this one off for now.

Also we're planning on getting rid of the VS2005 eventually.

On Apr 7, 2013, at 6:47 PM, Patrick Gansterer <paroga at paroga.com<mailto:paroga at paroga.com>> wrote:


since the Chromium code is getting removed step by step I think that the GYP build system won't have a shiny future in the WebKit repository. In the GYP vs. CMake match CMake gets an additional point: There is no WebKit port working with GYP, but at least 3 with CMake. Accordantly to [1] GTK will give CMake a try too.
Adopting the Mac port does not seam to be an easy task in the near future, because of the very specific build requirements.
But what about the Windows ports? I updated the patch at [2] to work with a more recent revision. Are there any chances to use CMake instead of the VS solution files? At the moment it becomes even worst, since there are VS2005 and VS2010 files in the tree, which duplicated many files.
The patch at [2] is only an initial example, since a complete implementation would require more changes in the code. If CMake becomes an option, I'm willing to provide an "complete" patch with all CMake files.

-- Patrick

[1] https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2013-April/024399.html
[2] https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=72816
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