On Aug 13, 2011, at 2:57 PM, Clifford Yapp <cliffy...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 5:14 AM, Glenn Coombs <glenn.coo...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I haven't seen any discussion yet of my 2nd alternative of getting cmake to
>> automatically convert lists to space separated strings for certain variables
>> like CMAKE_EXE_LINKER_FLAGS_RELEASE. If cmake did this then there would be
>> less need for the concat version of set() as one could just use the existing
>> list(APPEND) functionality. Is this a realistic possibility, or are there
>> implementation issues with this suggestion ?
> This surprised me as well - if you want to assemble a list of flags
> "on the fly" (I needed to assemble lists of lists of flags - we pass a
> lot of them) you have to take some care to either do the set trick
> correctly or convert the list to a string at the "end" (if you can be
> sure of where that is).
> Do I understand correctly that the main concern is the ability to pass
> args with ";' characters in these cases? Then the question becomes
> whether quoting ";" characters as needed in user-specified options is
> tricker than navigating the current behavior. To be honest, I can see
> where trying to specify an argument with a quoted ";" character from
> the command line would get a bit messy (in a "ok, how do I quote this
> from this enviornment" sort of way) - how common are ";" characters as
> components of variable values?
Again, our main concern here will be backward compatibility, not difficulty of
There are tons of real-world projects that already use all of these variables
and properties being discussed with their current semantics.
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