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From "Andrew Schwartzmeyer (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Assigned] (MESOS-898) Introduce CMake as an alternative build system.
Date Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:46:01 GMT


Andrew Schwartzmeyer reassigned MESOS-898:

    Assignee: Joseph Wu  (was: Alex Clemmer)

> Introduce CMake as an alternative build system.
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MESOS-898
>                 URL:
>             Project: Mesos
>          Issue Type: Epic
>          Components: build
>            Reporter: Timothy St. Clair
>            Assignee: Joseph Wu
>              Labels: build, mesosphere
> This is a rather substantial undertaking, so I would want upstream debate+buy-in prior
to full commitment.  The basic premise is: upstream rebundles several of its dependencies
in part to tightly control its stack.  This is not out of the norm, but in order to be picked
up by distribution channels it needs to built against system dependencies, and rebundling
is strictly forbidden.  Given that the mesos primary target platform are data-center distributions
such as RHEL/CENTOS/SL it makes sense to still have bundling support for those who do not
have dependencies in their channels "yet".  This is where cmake can be win with it's uber
macros (  I do not
know of any equivalent in the autotools world, other then to brew your own solution.   I've
done this type of work in the past, and completely transformed condor and would leverage a
lot of the work that was done there. 
> I currently have a tracking branch where I've started this work, but before I go off
into the woods, it makes sense to have a debate in public. 
> The primary benefits are: 
> 1. Enable downstream channels to easily distro without carrying a large patch sets. 
> 2. Still support existing "non-proper" distribution methods. 
> 3. Harden / future proof dependent interfaces. 
> Side Benefits: 
> Audit current build mechanics.  
>  - Presently the language specific binding are not installed.  (.py & .jar)
>  - make -jX currently fails 
>  - optionally look in arm support. 
> Costs:
> 1. Time
> 2. Potential temporary destabilization
> 3. Infrastructure around build+test may need to change.

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