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Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Automatically convert configure options to meson bui

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3] Automatically convert configure options to meson build options
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:25:38 +0100

On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 12:27:59PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 14/09/20 11:57, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 12:05:31PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> >> - because we parse command-line options before meson is available,
> >> the introspection output is stored in the source tree.  The output
> >> is slightly modified using the "jq" tool in order to ensure that it's
> >> stable and that modifications to meson_buildoptions.txt do not cause
> >> horrible conflicts.  This is the main reason for the unattractive
> >> diffstat (the number of JSON lines added is higher than the number
> >> of configure lines removed, though of course the latter are code
> >> that must be maintained manually and the former is not).
> > 
> > Does this add a build dependency on jq? Is it possible to use a Python
> > script or even a command-line one-liner instead?
> No, only developers need jq and only if they add configure options.
> Using Python would certainly be possible, though probably it wouldn't be
> a one-liner as for jq.

I see. Avoiding the dependency would be nice but only if the alternative
is reasonable.


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