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Re: Moving away from make

From: Carl Sorensen
Subject: Re: Moving away from make
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:51:46 -0600

On 8/12/11 9:32 AM, "Graham Percival" <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 02:53:56PM +0100, Phil Holmes wrote:
>> I understand it's been discussed before, but I am wondering whether
>> it's worth thinking the unthinkable and considering moving away from
>> make.
> Budget 2000 hours.  That's not a typo.  I don't think it provides
> a good cost/benefit ratio.
> Another problem is that every build system sucks.  I've tried
> scons, waf, and cmake.  Out of all of those, cmake is the least
> icky, but I hate that they invented Yet Another Scripting Language
> and don't let me do stuff with the simplicity and elegance of
> python.
> waf looks the nicest at first glance, but they don't support
> having files with the same name in the source tree and build tree,
> and I was appalled at their attitude ("you shouldn't want to do
> that").  The job of the build system is to do whatever we need;
> being told that we shouldn't want to view html documents, or that
> we should change our directory structure, does not impress me.
> Look for previous discussion about this in the archives, and if
> you're interested, you could try to talk some sense into the waf
> people.

I've been loosely following waf, and I think the restriction about the same
name was in waf 1.5 but has been eliminated in 1.6, which is now out.  I
think it would be worth taking another look.



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