Re: WAF (Was: build tools)
- From: "Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen" <mikkel kamstrup gmail com>
- To: "Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro" <gjc inescporto pt>
- Cc: desktop-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: WAF (Was: build tools)
- Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 19:58:55 +0100
On 02/12/2007, Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro
<gjc inescporto pt
In case anyone is interested, feel free to try out a 100% WAF-ied
version of gnome-python:
The WAF based tarball (including a self contained waf script, which is
all you need to build) is 249K, while an autotools version is 424K. I
could reduce the size even more if I removed
configure.ac and the
Makefile.am's. It also builds much faster, especially if you count
the ./autogen.sh part, though I didn't to get actual numbers.
When I have some more time I will see about making jhbuild use waf, to
get people testing this new system. Later, if no serious problems or
objections are found, I would like to switch to it.
One thing that concerns me a great deal is that waf does not seem to have a unit testing suite. This makes it pretty hard (impossible) to provide a no-regressions policy, especially in a dynamic language such as Python.
Maybe it is fine that all projects can just stick to the version they air with the first time, but personally I would very much like it to be a trivial matter to update the version of my build system.
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