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Re: call for help/crazy idea: nmake support

From: Natalie Tasman
Subject: Re: call for help/crazy idea: nmake support
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:38:50 -0700

Hi Ralf,

I think this is a great idea and would be interested in hearing your
plans for moving forward.  I've invested a lot of time in an autotools
build system that works on *nix and mingw (and cross-compiling to
mingw from linux!) and I do think this would be interesting to see
this work on mingw shell with MSVC's build system, as you propose.

Although, to be honest, I have recently been taking another look at
other build systems such as cmake, which does generate full
MSVC-native project files, which is very attractive.  I'm sure this is
heresay, but I'll at least voice my interest in a dream solution:
autotools with Visual Studio project file generation.

A related, possibly basic question: if mingw's gcc builds
msvc-compatible DLLs, etc, what do people see as the benefit to using
a mingw/sh-driven MSVC build?


On Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
> * Philip Herron wrote on Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 08:05:50PM CEST:
>> This sounds amazing on one of my other projects i support a cmake
>> build along side my autoconf and automake for everything that isn't
>> windows lol.
> So let me rephrase the question: if we have the ability to build
> completely with MSVC within a shell environment such as MinGW/MSYS
> would people still need something like nmake support?
> With git versions of Automake and Libtool, we are actually quite close
> to the former.
> Thanks,
> Ralf

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