[Ffmpeg-devel] build systems

Måns Rullgård mru
Tue Sep 20 14:36:58 CEST 2005

Attila Kinali said:
> On Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:14:03 +0200
> Sam Hocevar <sam at zoy.org> wrote:
>> > The VLC build system is based on kbuild i think.
>>    To be more precise, there was an attempt at using kbuild in parallel
>> of our autotools build system. It now seems to be rotting in the attic
>> because no one maintains it. So far I haven't seen anything that could
>> replace up to date autotools for our extensive use of their various
>> features. Not that I wouldn't be glad to get rid of most of the bloat,
>> but at least it works.
> Just a little side question.
> Everyone either complains that autotools are bloat and complicated
> or that there is no alternative. And most project i know sofar
> are either using autotools (vast majority) and fight with its
> problems, use a self build system (MPlayer, kbuild etc) or
> none at all (edit the Makefile by hand).
> Is there really nothing around that would replace autotools
> if they are so "bad" ?

Probably not.

> Then why hasn't anyone written a replacement yet?

It would take time and effort.

> And last but not least, what are the major features taht
> someone would need from such a configure system ?
> Resp. why is auto* so bad?

My makefiles are larger than my source code.  The configure script is about
a megabyte in size.  Is that good?

M?ns Rullg?rd
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