new buildsystem -> first steps

Adam Jackson ajax at
Tue Oct 4 11:46:11 PDT 2005

On Tuesday 04 October 2005 13:41, Enrico Weigelt wrote:
> And now I'm going some steps further:
> <snip>

a) What actual problem that people are having does this solve?

b) What is your timeframe for implementing this?

c) Given that probably _the_ motivation for selecting autotools as the new 
Xorg build system was its familiarity to the existing broader OSS development 
community, what does Xorg stand to gain by moving back to the state of using 
a build system that no other OSS project uses?

d) Given that we absolutely will not be changing the basic build system from 
its current form before 7.0, what do we gain by throwing away the effort 
invested in the new build system for 7.1 or later?

e) How do you justify presenting a new build system proposal for use within X, 
when (as far as I know) there is no existing OSS project using it, and thus 
there is no empirical evidence that it is suitable?  Admittedly, some project 
needs to be the first.  Why should X be the one to take that risk?

f) Why are you bringing up its design on an Xorg mailing list, given that 
designing, implementing, and maintaining build system software is utterly 
outside the scope of Xorg?  (Hence dropping imake in the first place.)

- ajax
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