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Re: [Chicken-users] CMake build support

From: Oleg Kolosov
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] CMake build support
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:09:26 +0400
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On 02/11/14 01:07, Matt Welland wrote:
Hi Oleg,

What is the purpose of switching to cmake? Can the transition be done without adding another dependency to building for mingw-msys?

I guess my concern is that even if cmake is an improvement over make that the impact can still be negative on the community.

For me the interesting platforms for chicken are:

Linux (several generations in current use).
Android (admittedly this is in my dreams :))
Windows mingw-msys

When you are done can I expect that my builds for these platforms will be as easy as they are today?

I missed the discussion of this on the chicken lists so my appologies if this has been hashed to death but in my opinion open source projects are very vunerable to pertubations and I really want to see chicken thriving, not just surviving. A change like this alienating even a single strong developer can hurt. Hopefully the developers are already on board with your vision in this.
There was not any discussion, I've decided to try first, discuss later. Consider this thread the initial request for comments.

I maintain build system for projects at my workplace, we are cross-compiling for embedded platform, desktop, there are plans for mobile, and dealing with Chicken (with eggs and dependencies) as projects grow becomes really painful. So this is partially internal, and partially personal project. I'm trying to implement CMake based scripts alongside current system. Ideally, it should be completely optional.

Current goals are: fix few annoyances in building cross Chicken with eggs, a way to generate configurable self-contained executables, native Windows build (with installer). All this might take a long time.
Regards, Oleg

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