Ach, I've made a career out of not having to know autotools! ./configure && make && [sudo] make install were black boxes as far as I was concerned.
So be it, I'll spend some time reading up this weekend and see how far I get. MSVC integration will become more interesting, but I suppose I can disable Gnulib for targets that don't actually need it. This is what I get for dipping my toes in CloudABI and introducing dprintf(), openat() to my projects :P Would be nice to offer NetBSD-style packages for MINIX and SmartOS, in order to make Gnulib easier to install to a standard include path like with other development libraries. On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 12:31 PM Kamil Dudka <kdu...@redhat.com> wrote: > On Saturday, January 5, 2019 6:53:06 PM CET Bruno Haible wrote: > > Hi, > > > > Andrew Pennebaker wrote: > > > Could we improve how gnulib integrates with downstream projects, to > make > > > it > > > easier to work with different build tools? In particular, would be > helpful > > > for gnulib to easily work with cmake projects. > > > > > > In my case, I have an application that needs openat(), and I already > have > > > a > > > complex cmake configuration that would be difficult to rewrite in > terms of > > > autotools. > > > > I don't think we will spend time to make gnulib-tool generate cmake > > configurations. > > 1. Because the GNU build system is based on Autotools. > > 2. Because many people say that cmake is a horror to use.  > > That is not an argument. You can find similar horror stories about > autotools: > > http://voices.canonical.com/jussi.pakkanen/2011/09/13/autotools/ > > > But gnulib-tool by design creates a subdirectory, and you can yourself > > - add a simple configure.ac to that subdirectory, as outlined in the > > documentation , > > When I needed it 10 years ago, I was able to get around this limitation by > using the --create-testdir option of gnulib-tool. It created a directory > with configure script that (after running make) produced a static library. > I am not sure if this approach had any side effects, like turning on debug > build, but I was at least not forced to create configure.ac etc. > > Kamil > > > - integrate this subdirectory with cmake through an 'ExternalProject' > . > > > > If, during this process, you encounter pain points that require (small) > > gnulib-tool changes, please come back to us and report them. > > > > Bruno > > > >  > > > https://www.reddit.com/r/cpp/comments/4flb8z/fighting_through_a_cmake_hell/ > >  > > https://www.reddit.com/r/cpp/comments/7yps20/its_time_to_do_cmake_right/ > >  > > https://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/manual/html_node/Initial-import.html > >  > > > https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5971921/building-a-library-using-autoto > > ols-from-cmake > > > -- Cheers, Andrew