[MonoDevelop] Autotools alternative?

Scott Ellington scottell.lists at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 08:04:40 EDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-07-03 at 12:51 +0200, Ympostor wrote:
> Very interesting, Scott. Thanks for your answers.
> In the next months it's possible that I spend time studying NAnt and 
> NUnit stuff so if I have time I will have a look at it.
> BTW (wondering again... :), it seems now that there is other viable 
> alternative (CMake [1]) which has been adopted by KDE guys [2]. It seems 
> easier than auto-tools and multi-platform. Could we make the switch too 
> in MonoDevelop? (I mean, would it be desirable, as long as someone makes 
> a CMake add-in for example?) 

I don't know much about CMake, so I can't address its pros and cons, but
I would imagine that if someone created an addin for it, it would get

As for Autotools, yes it is hard.  But at least now the process of
creating them is automated.  Miguel was talking about just using a
configure script and standard makefiles.  This may be possible, though
it would require manually creating a lot of the processes that autotools
currently provides. 

> I guess that the main advantage would be to 
> no longer need Cygwin for the porting effort that is taking place now, 
> am I right?

I assume you are speaking of switching the build system of MD itself to
CMake?  I would think there would have to be a more compelling reason to
switch.  That would be Lluis's decision too.


> Regards.

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