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

Corey Richardson corey at octayn.net
Fri Jan 10 07:08:09 PST 2014

This RFC isn't about using a single build system for everything, it's
the build system we use to build Rust itself.

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM, Diggory Hardy <lists at dhardy.name> wrote:
> 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
> Rust.
> 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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