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From Andre Fischer <>
Subject Re: Build System Improvements
Date Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:22:18 GMT
Am 18.10.2014 11:56, schrieb Andrea Pescetti:
> On 17/10/2014 Andre Fischer wrote:
>> improving the build system.  I have in mind a
>> "soft conversion" that gradually replaces parts of the existing build
>> system, not a big push that takes years to complete and then breaks
>> everything.
> This seems a reasonable approach. But this is the n-th time that 
> someone proposes a new build system.

I am aware of that and understand that you are sceptical.  For that very 
reason I propose a first step that just introduces a different notation 
for our makefiles without (big) changes to the underlying build system.

The next step of actually replacing parts of the build system with 
something better is certainly much harder and less likely to succeed.

> Can I ask at least if there is anything (in terms of knowledge, if not 
> of code) that came out of
> that can be reused here?
> The aim of that project was not reached, but still the analysis and 
> discussion might be worth reviewing (probably you already did). And 
> maybe there is some knowledge from that project that hasn't been 
> documented yet.
>> If you don't object to this general plan then I would start the XML
>> conversion with the prj/build.lst files as proof of concept.  I would
>> also start to write Wiki pages that explain in more detail how the
>> current build process works, what its draw backs are, and how, in my
>> opinion, it can be improved.
> This is very good; had it come one month ago, we could have submitted 
> it as a Capstone project for 2014 so that you would get a small team 
> of students to mentor for a few months. But there might be other 
> opportunities if you believe that new developers can work on this task 
> without an excessive strain on you as a mentor.

I do.  But I need a week or two to set this all up.


> Regards,
>   Andrea.
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