[Ffmpeg-devel] build systems

Mike Melanson mike
Tue Sep 20 17:02:24 CEST 2005

Attila Kinali wrote:
> 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" ? Then why hasn't anyone written
> a replacement yet?
> 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?

	The autotools suite is absolutely awesome! ... as long as someone else 
besides me is in charge of maintaining the configuration. :)

	-Mike Melanson

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