[pacman-dev] Humble proposal: replace autotools by CMake for pacman

Yannick LM yannicklm1337 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 14:25:16 EST 2010

>> I personally think CMake is a bad idea to use for something like pacman.
>> It's a bit saner and easier to use, but it's HUGE (~24MB on disk) compared
>> to autotools (~4MB on disk) and to build CMake itself takes quite a while
>> (~20 minutes on a fairly decent 2.8GhZ Pentium 4 under no load). While I
>> dislike autotools, I think for critical system components, using CMake is
>> too heavy and a bit stupid.

Good points you've just mentioned here. Did not think of it.

> I don't like autotools either but probably because I do not understand
> it. And I do not not other build systems either , so ... :)
> Just for reference, another alternative that was proposed some times ago :
> http://mailman.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2008-June/006837.html


Well, I guess xavier's answer will be good to keep as a reference, too.

Sorry for the noise.

Yannick LM

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