Re: autotools gives autopain
- From: Thomas Vander Stichele <thomas apestaart org>
- To: BJörn Lindqvist <bjourne gmail com>
- Cc: desktop-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: autotools gives autopain
- Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 01:37:18 +0100
first of all, I love python.
> 1. Scons is simply technically superior to GNU Autotools - with a big
Saying this does not make it automatically true. Some further
> 2. Scons is simple to learn, Autotools is not.
True. However, autotools is already learned by enough people, scons is
> 3. KDE has already migrated to scons.
Not a useful argument.
> 1. Autotools have worked so far, why switch?
> - Because scons is easier and better.
It is easier, but not better.
> In the long run the benefits
> of a good build system outweighs the disadvantages of switching
> to it.
There are not much benefits to be had from switching - autotools is not
a bad build system.
> 5. The migration to SCons will be really painful.
> - Let's look at how KDE managed and learn from them. No change is
> without a price, but going from autotools to scons is worth it.
Saying it doesn't make it true.
FWIW - last time I checked, scons *still* did not support a basic
operation any maintainer needs called "make distcheck". This is a
minimum IMO - without it we shouldn't even discuss switching.
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