[rust-dev] RFC: Future of the Build System

Diggory Hardy lists at dhardy.name
Fri Jan 10 07:06:01 PST 2014

A further point in favour of CMake is that it would make multi-language 
projects easier to manage, in particular transitioning a "C-family" project to 

On Friday 10 January 2014 08:34:32 Lee Braiden wrote:
> On 10/01/14 08:16, Gaetan wrote:
> > I am not in favor of a customized build system. For instance boost
> > library use their jam build system, and i never figured how to use it
> > in my projects.
> > 
> > I push to use standard and well proved build system like cmake or
> > scons, at least for major components. This would give a nice example
> > of how to use it in any projects.
> I'd agree with that on both counts: the principle of using something
> standard, and the two recommendations.
> CMake would probably get my vote, because it's not so much a build tool,
> as a meta tool for whichever system you prefer, so it would fit in well
> with various platform-specific IDEs, unusual platforms (android,
> embedded, ...), etc.  That said, scons is also a strong contender, and
> which of the two is more open to integrating patches and working with
> new languages is very much worth considering.
> I think Rust will be contributing to the wider community by lending its
> support (and patches) to a common, modern build system, AND it will get
> something back in terms of users who already know the build system.
> >     On Friday, January 10, 2014, George Makrydakis wrote:
> >         Hello,
> >         
> >         Having a build system entirely dependent of Rust alone, would
> >         make the entire experience in deploying the language extremely
> >         cohere. The only counter - argument is indeed that it would
> >         require some work to get this to fruition. I would like to
> >         know if this has any chance of getting priority soon enough.
> Bear in mind that Debian are having a lot of issues packaging Rust
> already, because it self-compiles.  If the build tool also had a Rust
> pre-dependency, that would be a big step backwards.
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