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Re: CMake + Subversion

From: Marc Haisenko <haisenko_at_comdasys.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:02:42 +0100

On Sunday 14 December 2008 07:16:30 void pointer wrote:
> Hi,
> I was curious to know if CMake has ever been discussed. Using CMake to
> build Subversion and its dependencies would most certainly make development
> on Windows a lot easier. The only difficulty at that point would be to
> gather the dependencies themselves. CMake has a lot of issues that I've
> specifically run into, so I'm not sure if it is suitable for the task of
> building Subversion, since I do not really know the requirements.
> I would like to hear what the developers think about this. I've definitely
> given a lot of thought to contributing CMake scripts to the Subversion
> project if there is a demand for it.

What's the gain apart from easier building on Windows ? It would make building
on all other platforms harder as few systems have CMake installed, it has no
mature cross-compiling capabilities yet (AFAIK, last tried last year) and
would mean to abandon a tried and tested framework. Plus, there are more
developers familiar with automake/autoconf than with CMake.

This is not meant as CMake bashing, maybe there are good arguments for CMake
but I personally think that the downsides outweigh the upsides by far.

Marc Haisenko
Comdasys AG
Rüdesheimer Str. 7
80686 München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 548 433 321
Received on 2008-12-15 14:03:03 CET

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