dave at thesmithfam.org
Fri Jan 5 18:14:38 MST 2007
Bryan Petty wrote:
> On 1/5/07, Dave Smith <dave at thesmithfam.org> wrote:
>> I just noticed that KDE uses CMake to do builds. At my company we've
>> been looking for a decent alternative to make. Would anyone with
>> experience with CMake care to comment on its quality?
> Depends on if you care about cross-platform development or not.
> CMake and Scons are both radically different approaches to
> cross-platform build systems, and there's also the Bakefile  route
> that the wxWidgets project uses to generate makefile, Visual Studio
> project files, Borland, and other IDE project files so all target
> platforms have a single build configuration file with all options. I
> hear CMake can work close to the same, though I've never used it.
> If you aren't working in a cross-platform environment, I don't really
> think CMake is necessary, I'd look closer into using Scons as I think
> it would provide a much easier to use build system for single platform
We do lots of cross-platform and cross-compiled builds. We like to have
one source code checkout were we can build on Solaris, Linux, Windows,
and cross-compile on Linux/x86 for Linux/PowerPC and Linux/MIPS. We've
cooked up lots of make-based hacks to accommodate us, but it's just no
fun that way. I really like Qt's approach with a .pro file that qmake
uses to generate a Makefile (or equivalent on other platforms), and I've
even done a bit of cross-compiling that way too, but I don't think Qt is
the right answer for all projects.
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