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Re: [ft-devel] Time for a new FreeType release

From: Vincent Torri
Subject: Re: [ft-devel] Time for a new FreeType release
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:08:53 +0200

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 11:53 AM, Werner LEMBERG <address@hidden> wrote:
>> So, let me rephrase the question: what would it take to unify all
>> ftconfig.* files into one for all platforms?
> Two cases have to be supported.
> (1) A call to
>       make
>     should run on *all* platforms.  In other words, GNU make by itself
>     had to produce an `ftconfig.h' file from the template.
>     Ditto for `make devel'.
> (2) A call to
>       ./configure
>     should do what it does now.
> If you manage (1), please proceed :-) As Tosihiya-san said: having a
> single config file is certainly a good idea.
>> This reminds me: do we really need the devel/*.h files or can we
>> make something easier using build system hackery?  Most of the
>> defines can be turned into build system options anyway, a debug
>> build would be a simple --enable-debug-build or something that turns
>> everything on.
> I'm open to any changes under the hood as long as `make devel' works –
> without calling `./configure', and doing a static build.
>>> On the other hand, it would disable direct compilation from git for
>>> non-UNIX platforms, forcing people to first say `make tarball' or
>>> something like this to generate the necessary file(s).
>> Well, you want to invoke some build system anyway, so the build
>> system does the heavy lifting for you while building?  Why ship
>> pre-filled config.hs?
> My thinko, see above.  If GNU make produces `ftconfig.h', then I don't
> object to larger changes :-)
>>> If we changed the FreeType build system to native automake, say,
>>> then we could have a single `config.h' file.  I'm sometimes tempted
>>> to do that...
>> Why not use AC_CONFIG_FILES like in configure.raw?
> Because this needs a bourne shell...

note that Windows (non-UNIX platform) can be compiled on MSYS2 which
provides a kind of POSIX environment. I compile on it evry day

and automake adds in Makefile the distcheck rule which is really useful.

in case this helps...

Vincent Torri

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