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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Bootstrapping a build
Date Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:22:40 GMT
Hi Mathias,

i agree to Stephan that we should focus first on the legal issues in the
code base but in general i think that i can help quite fast with gnu make
and the new build system because of my experience with gnu make...


On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Mathias Bauer <>wrote:

> On 15.06.2011 12:46, Jens-Heiner Rechtien wrote:
>> On 06/15/2011 12:20 PM, Christian Lippka wrote:
>>> Am 15.06.2011 12:10, schrieb Mathias Bauer:
>>>> Moin,
>>>> there are two things about building OOo that need to be clarified.
>>>> Currently we use "configure" to set the build environment. The way we
>>>> are doing it requires that a few GPLed files are part of our code
>>>> repository:
>>>> acinclude.m4
>>>> aclocal.m4
>>>> config.guess
>>>> config.sub
>>>> configure
>>>> "configure" is generated from "" that AFAIK is owned by
>>>> Oracle and also resides in OOo's code repository.
>>>> How can we do that in a code repository hosted at
>>>> The next problem is the build system itself. We have started to move
>>>> our code to a new build system using GNU Make, but there is still a
>>>> lot of code that uses another make tool, dmake.
>>>>  Switching to GNU Make completely now may also be a good learning
>>> experience for all developers new to the code base.
>> Right, but don't underestimate the effort in doing the conversion
>> especially without having Ause, Michael or Björn around. Won't be
>> complete for many months to come.
> While it surely would be easier with Ause and Björn on our side, Stephan
> and I can confirm that it's no rocket science. It took me a few days of
> reading and understanding existing code to write my first build system
> components for building zip and jar targets. I assume that others can do
> something like that in a comparable time frame.
> Stephan and I should know enough about the new build system to continue the
> work on it together with interested developers.
> Regards,
> Mathias

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